L’Orfeo (Claudio Monteverdi) – dossier

Favola in musica, in 5 acts

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi

Libretto: Alessandro Striggio

First performed: Mantua, 1607 Carnival season

My review


ROLES

  • LA MUSICA (mezzo-soprano castrato)
  • ORFEO (tenor or high baritone)
  • EURIDICE (mezzo-soprano castrato)
  • LA MESSAGGERA (mezzo-soprano castrato)
  • LA SPERANZA (mezzo-soprano castrato)
  • CARONTE (bass)
  • PROSERPINA (mezzo-soprano castrato)
  • PLUTONE (bass)
  • APOLLO (tenor)

STRUCTURE

ACT I

The fields of Thrace

ACT II

The fields of Thrace

ACT III

The Underworld

ACT IV

The Underworld

ACT V

The fields of Thrace