Monteverdi: The Birth of Opera

To mark Claudio Monteverdi’s 450th birthday, John Eliot Gardiner and his exceptional period-instrument ensemble and choir summon the origins of an art form that began over four centuries ago, illuminating the touching humanity of Monteverdi’s surviving operas in three semi-staged performances over a single week.

 

All performances sung in Italian with English supertitles

These performances are also part of Great Performers.

 

Made possible in part by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Past Events

Orfeo

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Alice Tully Hall

John Eliot Gardiner and his exceptional period-instrument ensemble and choir perform Monteverdi’s three seminal operas over a... Learn More 

The Return of Ulysses

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Alice Tully Hall

John Eliot Gardiner and his extraordinary musicians invoke the quarrelling gods and conniving courtiers of Monteverdi’s epic opera. Learn More 

The Coronation of Poppea

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Alice Tully Hall

Ambition and morality go head-to-head in Monteverdi’s operatic swan song, led by the inimitable John Eliot Gardiner. Learn More