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The Tale of Orpheus



Date: Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Meat Market Theatre, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne, VIC 3051
Registration: Online here.

From the team that brought you Passion, Lament, Glory, this new production of The Tale of Orpheus reimagines Claudio Monteverdi’s baroque masterpiece L’Orfeo ‒ arguably the first ‘true’ opera ‒ for the twenty-first century.

With David Greco in the role of Orfeo, musical direction by Erin Helyard, artistic direction by Jane Davidson and design by Matthew Adey, the production celebrates the 450th anniversary of this great composer’s birth with two stunning performances at North Melbourne’s atmospheric Meat Market theatre. Using exotic and beautifully crafted period instruments, the baroque orchestra will also play a central role in the story-telling process.

Known to his contemporaries as an 'oracolo della musica', Monteverdi was a musical visionary. His talent for communicating emotion, and using it as a powerful driving force, explains L’Orfeo’s enduring appeal today. This production explores the work’s creative potential even further, in a modern re-telling of one of the most influential and beloved stories in operatic history.

Produced by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne in association with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.


Image: Copyright of Sarah Walker