Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo

Reviews and photos from the Touring Production, April 2018

Cleveland | UMS/Ann Arbor | Cal Performances, Berkeley/San Francisco | Green Music Center, Sonoma

This production features a reconstruction of the lost Bacchanale ending, in which the wild female followers of Bacchus murder Orpheus. The lyrics for this ending survive in the printed librettos from the 1607 premiere. Monteverdi’s music is lost. Apollo’s Fire performs a reconstruction by composer René Schiffer.

Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor & Artistic Director
Sophie Daneman, Stage Director
Carlos Fittante, Choreographer
Camilla Tassi, Projection Designer

CAST
Karim Sulayman, Orfeo
Erica Schuller, La Musica, Euridice
Amanda Powell, Messagiera, Proserpina, 1st Bacchante
Owen McIntosh & Jacob Perry, Shepherds
Mischa Bouvier, Plutone
Jonathan Woody, Caronte the Oarsman
Amanda Crider, Speranza, 2nd Bacchante
with Molly Netter & Madeline Apple Healey, Ninfa 1 & 2

REVIEWS

Reconstructed Monteverdi brings humanity to a venerable myth…. In short, another triumph for Apollo’s Fire.
SEEN & HEARD INTERNATIONAL

Apollo’s Fire’s L’Orfeo is, in short, spell-binding. You should drop everything and go. From the first moment of drums and heralding brass, Jeannette Sorrell and company brought complete conviction and humanity to these mythical characters and their tragic tale. This magic confirms Apollo’s Fire as one of the most exhilarating period-instrument bands in the country.
CLEVELANDCLASSICAL.COM

Apollo’s Fire perfectly renders Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo…
SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

This new production of “L’Orfeo” illustrates exactly why Apollo’s Fire’s reputation has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last decade.
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

PHOTO GALLERY
Photos by Mark Nelson and Erica Brenner Productions.

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)

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