26 March 2014 at 10.59am | 3 Comments
The production - to be staged at the Roundhouse - will be directed by former Artistic Director of the RSC Michael Boyd and conducted by early music specialist Christian Curnyn. It will receive eight performances.
The run will be the first time The Royal Opera has produced the work.
The Royal Opera's performances of L'Orfeo will follow the Company's production of L'Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe, which runs until 12 April 2014.
Kasper Holten said: 'I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to expand The Royal Opera’s exploration of early music repertory in collaboration with such an exciting partner, particularly as this will be the first opera specifically conceived for the Roundhouse.'
Monteverdi’s 1607 opera tells the story of the legendary musician Orpheus, and his descent to the Underworld to recover his beloved Euridice. L’Orfeo demonstrates the power of music to move, as the musician, through his singing, persuades the gods of the underworld to relinquish his dead wife Euridice and allow her to return with him to the regions of the living – on condition he does not look at her on his return journey.
Michael Boyd will be working with a young and dynamic cast led by Hungarian-Romanian baritone Gyula Orendt and British sopranos Mary Bevan and Susanna Hurrell. Young singers will also form an ensemble chorus as part of the production, and musicians from various youth ensembles will work with a composer to create and perform a series of introductory fanfares to be played before each performance.