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Fri Jul 5 @ 7.30 pm£6 – £35
Robert Hollingworth musical director
Thomas Guthrie stage director
Ruth Paton designer
Matthew Long Orfeo Jenni Harper Euridice Eleanor Minney Ninfa/Proserpina Ciara Hendrick La Musica/Messagiera William Purefoy Speranza/Shepherd Nicholas Hurndall Smith Apollo/Shepherd Greg Skidmore Infernal Spirit/Shepherd Christopher Adams Caronte Charles Gibbs Plutone/Shepherd
English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble
Bjarte Eike, Jorge Jimenez violins
Stefanie Heichelheim, Rachel Stott violas
Christopher Suckling cello
Peter McCarthy violone
Joy Smith harp
Lynda Sayce, Eligio Quinteiro theorbos
Catherine Pierron chamber organ/harpsichord
and Student singers from the University of York
Masters of Monteverdi, I Fagiolini, bring us the composer’s first opera in a creative staging that combines singing, acting and live puppetry. L’Orfeo is a work that straddles the new world of baroque vocal expression and the older Renaissance traditions of court entertainment and madrigal, thus presenting the new form as a palatable mixture of the novel and the unfamiliar. But it is also quite simply opera’s first great masterpiece, a work of power, depth and beauty that after more than 400 years never fails to enthral.