Rossi's Orpheus is one of several operatic versions of this enduring classic myth At the centre is Orpheus, who uses his musical gifts to try to win his beloved Eurydice back from Hades. Torment, jealousy and the intervention of the gods are also part of this engrossing drama in which the spurned lover Aristaeus turns to madness, while the devoted lover Orpheus earns a place among the stars.
Once again, the period and candlelit setting of the Sam Wanamaker Theatre are ideally suited to this Baroque opera, first staged in Paris in 1647. When the opera was given its premiere at the Palais Royal, it drew much admiration, not least for its wealth of duets and ensembles alongside inventive and delightful arias. Rossi composed an ever-shifting musical mosaic to match the interweaving comic and tragic strands of the story. Performed in English.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse