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Listen: Monteverdi’s Orfeo on BBC iPlayer

Another chance to hear The Royal Opera and Roundhouse’s acclaimed production of the first great opera.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

3 March 2015 at 3.24pm | 4 Comments

[This performance is no longer available on BBC iPlayer]

The Royal Opera and the Roundhouse’s co-production of the first great opera, Monteverdi's masterpiece Orfeo, was broadcast 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.

Orfeo was the first co-production between the Royal Opera House and The Roundhouse and was performed throughout January 2015 at the Camden venue. Read audience reactions to the production.

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.

Orfeo was live streamed on 21 January 2015 in association with BBC ArtsThe BBC and the Royal Opera House are broadcast partners.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

3 March 2015 at 3.24pm

This article has been categorised Music and tagged baroque, BBC Radio 3, broadcast, by Michael Boyd, Gyula Orendt, Mary Bevan, Orfeo, Production, radio, Roundhouse

This article has 4 comments

  1. Fabio Morabito responded on 11 October 2016 at 11:56am Reply

    Unfortunately the link does not seem to work! Can you please advise?

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 11 October 2016 at 4:13pm

      Hi Fabio,

      I am sorry, this broadcast was only made available on BBC iplayer for one month after the recording date. Please do keep an eye on our News section for the latest live-streams and broadcast news.
      Many thanks,

  2. Thomas McDermott responded on 14 March 2017 at 6:50am Reply

    Is there any way to buy this? Please make available as DVD! or at least an mp3 download.

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 16 March 2017 at 11:31am

      Hi Thomas,
      Unfortunately, this production was not recorded for DVD and was only available to watch for a limited time after it was broadcast. Do keep an eye on our social channels for updates on our DVD releases and future broadcasts.
      Many thanks,

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