Libretto by Alessandro Striggio
Favola in musica
Despite some precursors, the first performance of Monteverdi's L’Orfeo
in Mantua in 1607 marked the start of the success story of opera. And – the history of opera starts with the rebellion of an artist who cannot accept the death of his wife. The singer Orfeo attempts and achieves the impossible: the gods allow him to take his wife Euridice back to the land of the living, thanks to his beguiling song, which appeals to every sense. Yet he fails, he fails as a human being. But the possibility and the hope remain that the singer can break down every boundary with his art, time and again – and today?
In Italian language with German surtitles
Kindly supported by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Münchner Opernfestspiele e.V.
Kindly supported by
Live transmission from Munich's Nationaltheater on BR-Klassik.
|Munich Opera Festival 2014|
|Première on Sunday, 20 July 2014|
|7.00 p.m. - app. 8.50 p.m. |
|Playing time: 1 hour 50 minutes (no intermission)|
|Open ticket sales|
Musikalische Leitung Ivor BoltonInszenierung David BöschBühne Patrick BannwartKostüme und Video Falko HeroldLicht Michael BauerDramaturgie Daniel MenneRainer KarlitschekChor Tim BrownOrfeo Christian GerhaherEuridice Anna VirovlanskyMessagiera / Proserpina Anna BonitatibusCaronte Andrea MastroniSperanza / La Musica Angela BrowerPlutone Andrew HarrisApollo Mauro PeterPastore I / Spirito I Mathias VidalPastore II / Spirito III / Echo Jeroen de VaalPastore III Gabriel JublinPastore IV / Spirito II Thomas FaulknerNinfa Lucy Knight
Monteverdi-Continuo-Ensemble and members of Bayerisches Staatsorchester