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    Monteverdi’s Orfeo is the first great opera – the moment when psychological truth and musical virtuosity came together to tell a story of love, loss and the power of art.

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner – making the first of two appearances this year, tonight with the English Baroque Soloists – transforms the Royal Albert Hall into the 17th-century Mantuan court of the Gonzagas with some of Monteverdi’s loveliest melodies and most colourful instrumental writing, bringing the tale of Orpheus and his beloved Eurydice to fresh musical life.

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    Monteverdi Orfeo 128’
    (sung in Italian)

    Cast to include (in alphabetical order):
    Krystian Adam tenor
    Francesca Aspromonte soprano
    Francesca Boncompagni soprano
    Gianluca Buratto bass
    Mariana Flores soprano
    Nicholas Mulroy tenor
    David Shipley bass
    Andrew Tortise tenor
    Gareth Treseder tenor

    Monteverdi Choir
    English Baroque Soloists
    Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

    There will be be no interval