By Claudio Monteverdi

libretto by Alessandro Striggio

Dec 1, 3, 5 & 6  2004

Orfeo is the often counted as the first true opera, though there were a number before this. Monteverdi chose a fitting subject for his masterwork, and it's a subject very dear to opera composer's hearts. 

From the glorious Toccata beginning the work to the tour-de-force that is the centrepiece of the work - Orfeo's Possente Spirto - this is a magical and awe-inspiring work. 

Cast & Crew

Mark Tucker                      Orfeo
Sara Macliver                    La Musica / Messagiera / Proserpina
Damian Whiteley              Charon/Pluto
Paul McMahon                  Pastore / Eco / Plutone
Brett Weymark                  Pastore / Eco / Plutone
Penelope Mills                  Euridice
Josie Ryan                         Ninfa
Anna Fraser                       Speranza

Philip Chu, Jenny Duck-Chong, Craig Everingham, Belinda Montgomery, Dan Walker, Raff Wilson                Pastores

David Greco, Benjamin Loomes    Spirits 

Cantillation, chorus                      

Orchestra of the Antipodes – Sophie Gent, leader

Antony Walker       conductor
Mark Gaal              director
Mark Gaal and Alice Lau      designers
Bernie Tan             lighting designer
Nicole Dorigo        language coach  
Sarah Smith         stage manager


Possibly the most famous introduction to all operas, this is Monteverdi's music in its majesty and glory.

Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.

The celebrations of Orfeo's and Euridice's approaching marriage includes dancing and well wishes.

Jenny Duck-Chong, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.

One of the most beautiful love songs ever; Orfeo sings to his beloved Euridice.

Mark Tucker, Penelope Mills, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.

it engrossed, even entranced us, as it levitated us from the here and now backwards in time to the world of Claudio Monteverdi.
— Opera-Opera
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