Monteverdi: L’Orfeo / Ian Bostridge


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The first-ever opera

Claudio Monteverdi, the 450th anniversary of whose birth was celebrated in 2017, is known as one of the inventors and leading pioneers of opera. His emotionally charged music expressed the passions of the characters in a way that had never been done before – for example in his first opera »L’Orfeo« (1607), which borrows freely from the tragic (love) story of Orpheus and Eurydice and which some regard as the first proper opera in music history. You can now experience a concertante version of that opera at the Elbphilharmonie with none other than star tenor Ian Bostridge in the title role.

Audio introduction


Europa Galante

RIAS Kammerchor

Ian Bostridge Orfeo

Monica Piccinini Euridice, La Musica

Marina de Liso Messagera, La Speranza

Roberta Invernizzi Proserpina, Ninfa

Ugo Guagliardo Caronte

Fabrizio Beggi Plutone

Francesco Marsiglia Apollo

Filippo Mineccia Pastore I, Spirito I

Giuseppe Valentino Buzza Pastore II, Spirito II

Matheus Pompeu Pastore III, Eco

Fabio Biondi violin and direction


Claudio Monteverdi
L’Orfeo / Favola in musica

Konzertante Aufführung in italienischer Sprache

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Elbphilharmonie Abo 3


Opera in Concert

Promoter: HamburgMusik

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