Academy of Ancient Music / Monteverdi L'Orfeo

28 September 2013 / 19:30


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Running time (please note all timings are approximate):

First Half  19.30 - 20.40

Interval  20 mins

Second Half  21.00-22.00

*Please note there may be no latecomers admitted until after the interval therefore we advise all customers to arrive at the venue in good time.*

Concert hall staging by Orpha Phelan

Richard Egarr director & harpsichord
John Mark Ainsley Orfeo
Sophie Bevan Euridice
Daniela Lehner La Musica & Speranza
Paul Gerimon Caronte
Thomas Hobbs Apollo & Pastore
Christopher Lowrey Pastore
Katherine Manley Proserpina & Messagiera
Dawid Kimberg Plutone

Choir of the AAM

Concert hall staging by Orpha Phelan

Pre-concert talk

6.30-7pm, Fountain Room
Fabrice Fitch introduces L’Orfeo
Fabrice Fitch has a dual career as musicologist (specialising in the polyphony of the early Renaissance) and composer (chamber music and solo works including collaborations with Neil Heyde, Christopher Redgate, Fretwork, the Orlando Consort and others). He has also reviewed recordings in Gramophone for over 20 years. He is currently Head of Graduate School at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Post-concert discussion
Fountain Room
Sara Mohr-Pietsch (BBC Radio 3) hosts a discussion with Richard Egarr (music director), Orpha Phelan (stage director) and John Mark Ainsley (Orfeo).

Four centuries ago Claudio Monteverdi created a piece that would change theatrical history and give birth to opera as we know it. In L’Orfeo, Monteverdi’s spectacular ability to amplify the beauty of poetry with music was joined for the first time with his astounding gift for the theatrical. Now, the Academy of Ancient Music blows away the cobwebs of history and presents Monteverdi’s most significant work with all the freshness, vitality, colour and verve with which it astounded a Mantuan audience in 1607. Expert players, engaging singers and authentic instruments will draw you in to Monteverdi’s world of sensual beauty and exquisite charm.

About the staging
Orpha Phelan’s new concert hall staging is an Orfeo for our times. It focuses less on Monteverdi’s Arcadian world of nymphs and shepherds and more on a mafia-like human world in which deals are struck, marriages brokered and clans united. We journey with Orfeo to his very personal hell, and through his grieving process see him pass from denial, through anger, bargaining and depression, to acceptance.

Paul Gerimon replaces Nathan Berg as Caronte.
Belgium-born Gerimon has been described as “a true Monteverdi bass” by Gramophone, and his performance as Caronte on the award-winning Harmonia Mundi recording of L’Orfeo has been particularly acclaimed. We are delighted to be working with him.

The performance finishes at approximately 10pm.

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This event is part of:
All classical music events - 2013–2014 season
Academy of Ancient Music 2013–2014
Barbican Presents 2013–2014

Produced by the Barbican in association with the Academy of Ancient Music


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