ELIZABETH ET VINCENT MEYER SUPPORT THE SERIES OF OPERAS IN CONCERT VERSION
When he sings, you would think that he is calling for a shadow
that he once saw in the forest
and that he, even at the cost of his soul, would have to retain...
The myth of Orpheus – a poet who, by the grace of his singing alone, obtains from the Underworld the return of the woman he loves and who died too soon – haunts the origins of lyric theatre. Echoing Monteverdi's last opera, The Coronation of Poppea, Leonardo García Alarcón and Cappella Mediterranea give a concert version of L'Orfeo, the composer's first opera – often considered to be the first work in the opera genre. In this humanist praise of the civilising power of art and control of passions, which ends in a luminous grand finale, Monteverdi deploys a wealth of forms, styles, and atmospheres: numerous dance rhythms, speech-like declamations, and beautiful melodic inspirations, alongside the most remarkable vocalises. Valerio Contaldo – previously Testo in Combattimento, the Black Swan Theory (2021) – takes on another of Monteverdi’s exceptionally complex and virtuoso scores, culminating in the crossing into the Underworld where beauty vies with difficulty.
Concert versions of Claudio Monteverdi’s L’ORFEO, Vincenzo Bellini’s NORMA and Christoph Willibald Gluck’s ORFEO AND EURIDICE are being performed this summer at the Festival d’Aix.
ANDREA BRETH is staging Richard Strauss’s Salome ; RAPHAËL PICHON will be conducting Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Idomeneo ; TOBIAS KRATZER is staging Gioacchino Rossini’s Moses [...]