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Opera Matinee: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo

Leonardo Garcia Alarcon conducts Monteverdi's seminal drama of love and death, L'Orfeo, recognised as the first great opera, in a recorded performance from the Ambronay Festival.

The earliest complete opera that survives to our day, based on an ancient Greek fable. This Baroque jewel is conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón at the helm of a starry young cast & ensemble, with Valerio Contaldo in the title role as the hapless Thracian who fails to bring his dead lover Euridice, the unmistakable voice of soprano Mariana Flores, back from the Underworld, only to be rescued at the end by the gods.
After the opera we return to this week's focus on the endlessly versatile BBC Concert Orchestra in music by Jean-Michel Damase & Ina Boyle.

Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Orfeo (Orpheus) ..... Valerio Contaldo (tenor)
Euridice (Eurydice) & La Musica (Music) ..... Mariana Flores (soprano)
Messaggiera (Messenger) ..... Giuseppina Bridelli (mezzo-soprano)
Speranza (Hope) / Proserpina (Proserpine) ..... Anna Reinhold (mezzo-soprano)
Ninfa (Nymph) ..... Estelle Lefort (soprano)
Plutone (Pluto) ..... Konstantin Wolff (bass)
Caronte (Charon) ..... Salvo Vitale (bass)
Spirito (Spirit) & Eco (Echo) ..... Nicholas Scott (tenor)
Pastore (A Shepherd) ..... Leandro Marziotte (countertenor)
Pastore (A Shepherd) ..... Matteo Bellotto (bass)
Pastore (A Shepherd) ..... Philippe Favette (bass)
Pastore (A Shepherd) & Apollo ..... Alessandro Giangrande (tenor)
Namur Chamber Choir
Cappella Mediterranea
Leonardo García Alarcón (conductor

c.3.55pm
Jean-Michel Damase: Sérénade for Flute and String Orchestra
Ransom Wilson, flute
BBC Concert Orchestra
Perry So, conductor

c.4.15pm
Ina Boyle: Concerto for violin & orchestra
A Sea Poem: Theme, variations & finale for orchestra
Benjamin Baker, violin
BBC Concert Orchestra
Ronald Corp, conductor

3 hours

Last on

Thu 15 Nov 2018 14:00

Music Played

  • Claudio Monteverdi

    L'Orfeo Acts I & II

    Singer: Valerio Contaldo. Singer: Mariana Flores. Singer: Giuseppina Bridelli. Ensemble: Cappella Mediterranea.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    L'Orfeo Acts III & IV

    Singer: Valerio Contaldo. Singer: Mariana Flores. Singer: Giuseppina Bridelli. Orchestra: Capella Mediterranea. Conductor: Leonardo García Alarcón.
  • Jean-Michel Damase

    Serenade Op.36 for flute and string orchestra

    Performer: Ransom Wilson. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Perry So.
  • Ina Boyle

    Concerto for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Benjamin Baker. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • Ina Boyle - Overture - Symphony No.1 - Psalm.
    • Dutton.
    • 2.
  • Ina Boyle

    A Sea poem for orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • Ina Boyle - Overture - Symphony No.1 - Psalm.
    • Dutton.
    • 10.
  • Edward Elgar

    Three Bavarian Dances - iii) The Marksmen

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones.
    • Dutton.

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