The ANU School of Music, in collaboration with the ANU School of Art and the ANU Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics, presents two performances of Monteverdiâ€™s groundbreaking opera Lâ€™Orfeo [Orpheus] in a visually stunning new staging directed by Cate Clelland and conducted by Peter Tregear.
The earliest surviving opera still in the standard repertoire, L'Orfeo is based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, and recounts the story of his power as a musician, his extraordinary love for Eurydice and descent into Hades in an attempt to rescue her.
The production utilises a specially-commissioned digital set, designed by Milan-based award-winning Australian digital artist Andrew Quinn, with lighting design by Alessandro Chiodo.
Performed in English using Anne Ridlerâ€™s wonderfully lyrical translation, in the stunning acoustics of Llewellyn Hall.
A cast of students, staff, and local and international musicians, is led by rising international tenor Nicholas Mulroy (UK) in the title role. Nicholas will be familiar to audiences fortunate enough to have heard the ACOâ€™s acclaimed performances of JS Bachâ€™s Christmas Oratorio last year. The cast also includes Paul McMahon (Apollo), Rachael Thoms (La Musica), and Krystle Innes (Messenger). The period orchestra is led by Rachael Beesley and includes Erin Helyard (Harpsichord), Tommie Andersson (Theorbo) and Matthew Manchester (Cornetto).
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