In short

Expressive freedom
Attempts to revive the ancient Greek drama with music led to the development of what we now call ‘opera’: entirely sung drama. The history of opera only truly begins with Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo from 1607. His music was highly innovative, and the expressivity afforded him freedoms that went against the grain of the strict rules of contemporary style. He aimed to underscore the human aspect, with themes such as love, loss, grief, hope and triumph over death. Moreover, in L’Orfeo he made the power of his own craft – music – the subject of the opera.

Background

Pablo Heras-Casado makes his debut at National Opera & Ballet, leading the celebrated Freiburger BarockConsort. The cast, while introducing many new singers, includes two veteran Dutch National Opera soloists: Charlotte Hellekant (Anna in Les Troyens, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare) sings La Messagiera/La Speranza and Georg Nigl (title role in Dionysos and Mr. Astley in The Gambler) is Orfeo.

Production

Sasha Waltz & Guests
Coproduction with Waltz & Guests, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Bergen International Festival en Opéra de Lille.