The French ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, along with the conductor, Paul Agnew, will offer a version of L’Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi. It is one of the first works to be classified as an opera, which was premièred in Mantua in 1607.
It will be the first time that Paul Agnew, who plays the role of Apollo, has worked with Les Arts Florissants, one of the specialist ensembles in Baroque music. Their vocal and operatic quality along with Agnew’s good work, will offer a show that the conductor claims to be “an intimate production of L’Orfeo. The relatively light decoration enables the work to be put into its ancient context and place the music and the text in the centre, as the heart of the show”.
The opera, which consists of a prologue and five acts, tells the tale of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who tries to rescue his deceased bride from Hades, the underworld.