By Claudio Monteverdi
libretto by Alessandro Striggio
Dec 1, 3, 5 & 6 2004
Orfeo is the often counted as the first true opera, though there were a number before this. Monteverdi chose a fitting subject for his masterwork, and it's a subject very dear to opera composer's hearts.
From the glorious Toccata beginning the work to the tour-de-force that is the centrepiece of the work - Orfeo's Possente Spirto - this is a magical and awe-inspiring work.
Cast & Crew
Mark Tucker Orfeo
Sara Macliver La Musica / Messagiera / Proserpina
Damian Whiteley Charon/Pluto
Paul McMahon Pastore / Eco / Plutone
Brett Weymark Pastore / Eco / Plutone
Penelope Mills Euridice
Josie Ryan Ninfa
Anna Fraser Speranza
Philip Chu, Jenny Duck-Chong, Craig Everingham, Belinda Montgomery, Dan Walker, Raff Wilson Pastores
David Greco, Benjamin Loomes Spirits
Orchestra of the Antipodes – Sophie Gent, leader
Reviews & Testimonials
Possibly the most famous introduction to all operas, this is Monteverdi's music in its majesty and glory.
Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.
The celebrations of Orfeo's and Euridice's approaching marriage includes dancing and well wishes.
Jenny Duck-Chong, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.
One of the most beautiful love songs ever; Orfeo sings to his beloved Euridice.
Mark Tucker, Penelope Mills, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.