3 March 2015 at 3.24pm | 4 Comments
[This performance is no longer available on BBC iPlayer]
The service offers listeners another chance to hear a cast including baritone Gyula Orendt in the title role, and soprano Mary Bevan as Euridice. Read our Opera Essentials introduction to the opera.
The opera was first performed in 1607 and is based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, who descends to Hades in order to rescue his dead bride Euridice. His sweet singing moves Persephone, the Queen of Hades, and her consort Pluto permits Orpheus to try to lead his wife into the land of the living – but one look back and he will lose Euridice forever.
The production involved up-and-coming singers including Jette Parker Young Artists James Platt as Charon and Rachel Kelly as Proserpina. The chorus also featured emerging vocal talent and was made up of post-graduate singers from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.