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L'Orfeo
17 April 2023
Puppet opera
Conductor Gianluca Capuano
Directors Franco Citterio and Giovanni Schiavolin

Monteverdi L’Orfeo

Puppet opera
Monday 17 April 2023 - 20 h
Opéra de Monte-Carlo
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Favola in musica in five acts
Music by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) 
Libretto by Alessandro Striggio
Premiere: Mantua, Court Theatre, 24 February 1607

Premiere at the Monte-Carlo Opera

Production Associazione Grupporiani Carlo Colla & Figli, Comune di Milano – Teatro Convenzionato

Going back to the beginnings of the history of opera and having its most emblematic work performed for the first time on the stage of the Monte Carlo Opera must be realised in an unexpected way. Thanks to the two-hundred-year-old Milanese puppet company Carlo Colla & Figli, heir to the purest Italian tradition, L’Orfeo, created in 1607, will appear for the first time in Monte Carlo in a form that will appeal to the most demanding music lovers, as well as the youngest spectators. Gianluca Capuano conducts the Musiciens du Prince as well as a fine cast particularly well-versed in the arcanum of early music. Placed in the pit, they lend the string puppets their voices, whereas the action on stage evolves in an antique carousel of painted canvases, animated by an army of puppeteers, hidden in the half-light, with an incredible precision and delicacy. This way of presenting an opera is a true enchantment; it is takes us back to our childhood dreams and is capable of spellbinding a large audience.

Production team

CONDUCTOR | GIANLUCA CAPUANO
DIRECTORS | FRANCO CITTERIO AND GIOVANNI SCHIAVOLIN
SETS AND LIGHTING DESIGN | FRANCO CITTERIO
COSTUME DESIGN | CECILIA DI MARCO AND MARIA GRAZIA CITTERIO
PUPPETEERS | FRANCO CITTERIO, MARIA GRAZIA CITTERIO, PIERO CORBELLA, CAMILLO COSULICH, DEBORA COVIELLO, CARLO DECIO, CECILIA DI MARCO, TIZIANO MARCOLEGIO, PIETRO MONTI, GIOVANNI SCHIAVOLIN, PAOLO SETTE

Cast

ORFEO | RENATO DOLCINI
LA MUSICA/EURIDICE | CARLOTTA COLOMBO
LA MESSAGERA/LA SPERANZA | SARA MINGARDO
PLUTONE | MARCO SACCARDIN
CARONTE | SALVO VITALE
APOLLO | ALESSANDRO GIANGRANDE

VOCAL ENSEMBLE IL CANTO DI ORFEO
LES MUSICIENS DU PRINCE – MONACO