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.
“A wholly involving evening of drama and music at the highest level.”
“The spirit of collaboration and unity that exuded from a stage made [the] performance feel like a true celebration—and a cause for one.”
Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm
Alice Tully Hall
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English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Krystian Adam, Orfeo
Hana Blažíková, Euridice
John Eliot Gardiner and Elsa Rooke, co-directors
More performances by these artists
Thursday, October 19
Saturday, October 21
Performance length: 2 hours and 10 minutes, no intermission
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