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Although the great Italian early Baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi gave the appellation favola in musica - musical fairy tale - to the work he presented at the Mantuan ducal court of the Gonzaga family during the carnival season of 1607, Orfeo is nevertheless today considered the first true opera in the history of music. This, along with its indescribable beauty, is the source of its fame.
We have every reason to hope that Müpa Budapest's concert-version performance will be an extraordinary experience. This is guaranteed first and foremost by the artist in the title role: Rolando Villazón's tenor voice is both resonant and powerful, and at the same time soft and supple. Above all, however, it is an instrument of sensual beauty - exactly the kind of voice we would imagine for this mythical minstrel who tamed even the wild beasts when they heard him accompanying himself on a lyre. Joining the Mexican-born singer, who has been a French citizen since 2007, will be L'Apeggiata, headed by the wonderful lute player Christina Pluhar. Famous for bringing so much life to all of the early music it plays, the ensemble makes the compositions sound as if they were written the previous day.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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Orfeo (Orpheus)Rolando Villazón
Euridice (Eurydice), MusicEmőke Baráth
The MessengerGiuseppina Bridelli
Nymph, HopeBenedetta Mazzucato
A shepherdVincenzo Capezzuto
A shepherd, Echo, An infernal spiritAidan Coburn
A shepherd, An infernal spiritJeffrey Thompson
Apollo, An infernal spiritBenoît Arnoult
Caronte (Charon), A shepherd, An infernal spiritJohn Taylor Ward
Pluto, An infernal spiritDingle Yandell
Ensemble L'Arpeggiata (artistic director: Christina Pluhar)