17 July 2014 at 4.33pm | Comment on this article
The Roundhouse, which began life as a railway repair shed in 1847, is a legendary performing arts venue and creative hub used by over 3,000 11–25-year-olds; Orfeo marks the first time the venue has hosted an opera, as well as the first time The Royal Opera has staged Monteverdi’s masterpiece.
‘We are doing the first truly great opera – Monteverdi’s Orfeo – which is the story of a man who goes into the realm of death to win his wife back to life’, says Director of The Royal Opera Kasper Holten. ‘We are keen to be in places where people don’t expect opera, because that reconnects us to the life around us, and gives the audience new expectations and experiences.’
Former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company Michael Boyd makes his operatic debut with the production, which promises theatrical spectacle to match Monteverdi’s drama.
‘Developing Orfeo together with The Royal Opera is an opportunity to think of our building in a new way and introduce our audiences – many of whom are under 25 – to opera,’ says Marcus Davey, the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Roundhouse. ‘It will also give these young people a chance to contribute to a new and exciting production as film makers, technicians and performers.’
Orfeo runs 13-24 January 2015 at the Roundhouse in Camden. Tickets are now available.
The production is a co-production between the Roundhouse and The Royal Opera.