Landi: La morte d’Orfeo
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, 23 March 2018
Apollo and Orpheus, 17th Century, Anonymous, (Metropolitan Museum of Art via Wikimedia Commons)
In the operas of Monteverdi and Gluck, Orpheus, poet and musician, is a tragic hero. He loses his wife Eurydice twice, first when she dies on earth, and again on their way out of Hades, where he descends to revive her. In Stefano Landi’s La morte d’Orfeo (ca 1619), he is a less sympathetic, but more interesting figure.
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Mozart: Don Govanni
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, 7th May 2016
The Hunt in the Forest by Paolo Uccello (circa 1470)
An hour before curtain-up to Don Giovanni, Dutch National Opera and its principal orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic, proudly announced chief conductor Marc Albrecht’s contract renewal at both institutions until the 2019/20 season. This première performance by NedPhO’s partner, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, confirmed that this continuing three-way alliance is, indeed, very good news. With a sound cast in Claus Guth’s staging, created for the Salzburg Festival, Albrecht did full justice to the dramatic span of the work, from its wry wit to the momentous events that start and end the plot.
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