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Claudio Monteverdi / Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner / Elsa Rooke
Monday 14 August 2017
Usher Hall

English Baroque Soloists
Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor
Elsa Rooke Director

Period performance pioneer Sir John Eliot Gardiner is revered worldwide, not just for his searching scholarly insights into early music, but also for the astonishing intensity and freshness of his compelling performances.

The sensuous music of Monteverdi has been a pillar of Gardiner’s music-making since the 1960s. He reaffirms his decades-long relationship with the International Festival with a remarkable project: to bring together all three of Monteverdi’s surviving operas, as opulent as they are virtuosic.

L’Orfeo, first performed in 1607, is the first great operatic masterpiece – a tribute to the transcendent power of music, and a celebration of a love that even death cannot destroy. It’s a feast for both the mind and the emotions, expressed in some of Monteverdi’s loveliest melodies and most colourful instrumental music.

all magically coherent, every phrase totally memorable

The Guardian

This remarkable landmark project offers a rare opportunity to experience all three surviving operas by Claudio Monteverdi as directed performances in concert. They are conducted by period performance pioneer Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in celebration of the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

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  • Language: 
    Sung in Italian with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    1hr 55mins approx (no interval)


Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Monteverdi 450 is supported by

Dunard Fund



Staged concert

Orfeo Krystian Adam
La Musica / Euridice Hana Blažíková
Messaggera Lucile Richardot
Proserpina Francesca Boncompagni
Caronte / Plutone Gianluca Buratto
Speranza Kangmin Justin Kim
Apollo Furio Zanasi
Pastore I Francisco Fernández-Rueda
Pastore II / Spirito I / Eco Gareth Treseder
Pastore IV / Spirito III John Taylor Ward
Pastore III Michał Czerniawski
Spirito II Zachary Wilder
Ninfa Anna Dennis

English Baroque Soloists
Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor & Co-director
Elsa Rooke Co-director
Rick Fisher Lighting designer
Patricia Hofstede Costume designer

Monteverdi L'Orfeo

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner

L'Orfeo | The Guardian

May 29th 2017

all magically coherent, every phrase totally memorable ★★★★★

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Review by: 

Andrew Clements
The Guardian

L'Orfeo | The Times

May 31st 2017

otherworldly and unforgettable ★★★★★

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Review by: 

Rebecca Franks
The Times

Image: Frederic Leighton

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Stalls: £47 £38.50 £29
Upper circle: £26 £19 £13

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