Monteverdi's Orfeo is by many regarded as not just the greatest early opera, but the finest opera of all time.
It brings together heartfelt laments, catchy songs, sparkling instrumental writing and a dramatic highpoint which still shocks. The drama is viscerally powerful and, in this production by Thomas Guthrie, the music is given the opportunity to speak powerfully to us across the centuries. Early violins, cornetts, recorders, sackbutts, lutes, harp, foul-sounding regal, theorbos, percussion and a quintet of trumpets back a cast of singers who, since their first visit to Stour in 1991, have immersed themselves in all genres of Monteverdi’s music, sacred and secular. Matthew Long’s fluid tenor blends stylistic understanding and powerful emotion, promising a truly memorable Stour midsummer night.
Sponsored by The Sir John Swire 1989 Charitable Trust
The supper interval will take place between Acts 2 & 3 as there is no Late Night Extra concert.
Part of Stour Music Festival 2019
Thu 28 Mar – Stour Festival Friends priority booking opens
Fri 5 Apr – General public booking opens