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.

 

In Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo, a grieving Orpheus descends to the underworld to bring his dead bride, Eurydice, back to life. Conductor John Eliot Gardiner and his choir and orchestra resurrect this first great work in the opera repertoire, which places the tragic Greek myth in a magical soundscape that plumbs the depths of human longing.

 

This performance is also a part of Great Performers.

The Program

“A wholly involving evening of drama and music at the highest level.”
– Washington Post on Orfeo
“The spirit of collaboration and unity that exuded from a stage made [the] performance feel like a true celebration—and a cause for one.”
– Washington Post on Orfeo

Monteverdi: The Birth of Opera

Orfeo

Wednesday, October 18 Alice Tully Hall

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Monteverdi Choir

English Baroque Soloists

John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Krystian Adam, Orfeo

Hana Blažíková, Euridice

John Eliot Gardiner and Elsa Rooke, co-directors

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

More performances by these artists

Thursday, October 19

Saturday, October 21

Performance Details

  • Program Notes
  • Pre-concert lecture by Ellen Rosand at 5:45 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse Pre-concert lecture by Ellen Rosand at 5:45 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
  • This performance will be followed by a White Light Lounge. This performance will be followed by a White Light Lounge.

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Performance length: 2 hours and 10 minutes, no intermission

Venue and Accessibility

Alice Tully Hall
1941 Broadway
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