Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

This page lists all recordings of L'Orfeo, by Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (1567-1643) on CD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo


Charles Daniels (Orfeo), Faye Newton (Euridice), Emily Van Evera (Messaggiera), Clare Wilkinson (Speranza/Proserpina), Curtis Streetman (Caronte), Christopher Purves (Plutone), Anna Dennis (Ninfa), Guy Pelc (Apollo), Rodrigo del Pozo, Simon Wall, Gareth Morrell Robert Macdonald (Pastori), Richard Latham, Gareth Morrell, Curtis Streetman, (Spiriti infernali)

Taverner Consort & Players, Andrew Parrott

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Andrew Parrott and his Taverner Consort & Players offer a magnificent recording of the world's first operatic masterpiece, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. Befitting such an outstanding recording, the 2-CD set is luxuriously packaged with extensive notes and the complete libretto with English translations in a 52-page booklet.

Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort & Players celebrate their 40th anniversary with a marvellous recording of the world's first operatic masterpiece, Monteverdi's L’Orfeo. As can be expected from Andrew Parrott, who has been at the centre of the early and baroque music scene for over four decades, his meticulous research results in a performance and stylistic approach that brings a fresh perspective to the myth of love lost and found through the art of music. His scholarship, combined with the collaborative nature of the Taverners, translates into a performance brought to life by the finest singers and instrumentalists in the early music world, including tenor Charles Daniels who is the superb Orfeo.

“with Charles Daniels and Faye Newton superb as Orfeo and Euridice, and sensual singing and playing, this is the most beguiling Monteverdi opera recording for years.” The Times, 18th May 2013 *****

“Charles Daniels gives a sensitive and intimate portrayal of the part of Orfeo. Under Parrott’s direction, the first-rate team of instrumentalists further enrich our experience in a shapely reading of a still lovely, still fresh masterpiece.” Sunday Times, 19th May 2013

“the Avie set favours near-vibrato-less singers of ambiguous fach - proper voices indeed (not the vernacular singing occasionally heard in Monteverdi) but not necessarily ones you'd typically hear in modern opera houses...More than usual, instrumentalists are active story-telling participants.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2013

“This new version of Monteverdi's Orfeo is thoroughly researched and reimagined...a gentle, lyrical vision of a miraculous opera.” The Observer, 26th May 2013

“the presentation is faithful to the original small-scale salon performances, which were more like poetic oratorios than grand opera. Thus, colourful singing is eschewed in favour of an almost spoken-sung recitative, with comparatively undemonstrative accompaniment from sparse instruments” The Independent, 24th May 2013 ****

“We can hear Parrott's approach most clearly in Orfeo himself...Daniels reserves his emotional outbursts for a very few key moments...In the same vein, Emily van Evera does the tricky Messenger scene with chilling simplicity...'Possente spirto' - the highlight of the work - is a triumph...I'm not sure whether I'm more impressed by [Daniels's] techique of his formidable subtlety.” International Record Review, July/August 2013

“Daniels is magnificent in the title role - technically brilliant...impassioned...and lyrically supple...The rest of the cast is also good...Faye Newton is a pure and effective Euridice...As one may expect from Andrew Parrott, the instruments are very adroitly deployed and controlled.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2013 ****

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - September 2013

Avie - AV2278

(CD - 2 discs)

$33.75

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

CD Book


Laurence Dale (Orfeo), Efrat Ben-Nun (Euridice/La Musica), Jennifer Larmore (Messaggiera), Paul Gérimon (Caronte), Harry Peeters (Plutone), Bernarda Fink (Proserpina), Nicolas Rivenq (Apollo), Andreas Scholl (Speranza)

Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs

"Imaginative, involving,and beautifully recorded." *** CD OF THE MONTH, OPERA NOW , JANUARY 1996

Harmonia Mundi Monteverdi Opera Edition - HML5901553/54

(CD - 2 discs)

$24.50

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo


Simon Keenlyside (Orfeo), Juanita Lascarro (Euridice, la Musica, Eco), Graciela Oddone (la Messaggiera), Martina Dike (Proserpina), Stephen Wallace (la Speranza, Pastore), Tomas Tòmasson (Plutone), Paul Gérimon, Caronte (Pastore), Mauro Utzeri (Apollo), Anne Cambier (Ninfa), Yann Beuron, John Bowen, René Linnenbank (Pastori, Spiriti)

Trisha Brown Company Concerto Vocale, Collegium Vocale Gent, René Jacobs

First seen at La Monnaie in Brussels on 13 May 1998, this production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo seen through the eyes of Trisha Brown and René Jacobs has become an operatic classic in a few short years.

This is doubtless because it offers a total symbiosis of music, text and movement – described by the critic of the Daily Telegraph of London as being ‘as close to the perfect dance opera as I have ever seen’.

Or to quote Gilles Macassar in Télérama: ‘In the pit and onstage, the Brussels production has only one watchword: mobility, nimbleness, dexterity. The singers run, fly, whirl like dancers defying gravity. From the flies down to the footlights, the whole theatre is under a fantastic spell.’ For Christophe Vetter, on ConcertoNet: ‘This Orfeo can be seen again and again with immense pleasure. . . . René Jacobs’s conducting continues to arouse admiration for its precision, its stylistic rigour, its inexhaustible inventiveness and its feeling for the contrasts so vital to this repertoire.’

“Monteverdi's Orfeo has many rivals and needs special reasons for us to see it again. One is the tremendous vocal cast - especially the lithe and mercurial Orfeo (Simon Keenlyside), the searingly affecting Messenger (Graciela Oddone) and sonorous Simon Gérmon as Caronte.” BBC Music Magazine

“close to perfection in terms of casting...you're never quite sure whether L'Orfeo is a dance work being sung or an opera being danced. At the heart of this production is a quite magnificent performance by Simon Keenlyside as an Orpheus who really could have charmed the gods. He can also act and dance.” Opera Now, Summer 2011

DVD Video

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Harmonia Mundi - HMD9909003/04

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

$40.00

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo


Emanuela Galli (La Musica/Eurydice), Mirko Guadagnini (Orfeo), Marina De Liso (Messaggiera), Cristina Calzolari (Proserpina), Matteo Bellotto (Plutone), Josè Lo Monaco (Speranza), Salvo Vitale (Caronte), Vincenzo Di Donato (Apollo), Francesca Cassinari (Ninfa), Giovanni Caccamo (Pastore I), Makoto Sakurada (Pastore II/Spirito I), Claudio Cavina (Pastore III), Tony Corradini (Pastore IV/Spirito II)

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina

“Cavina’s wonderful account goes straight to the top of the list of recommended recordings. Do not miss it.” Editor’s Choice, Gramophone, November 2007

Recorded at the Church of San Carlo, Modena (Italy) in February 2006

“Emanuela Galli (Euridice/La Musica) is splendid in voice and emotion and Mirko Guadagnini (Orfeo) is arresting in the low-lying lamenting sections of Act V but rather dry in the upper range.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2007 ***

“Cavina's wonderful account goes straight to the top of the list of recommended recordings. Do not miss it.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2007

“As in their previous Monteverdi editions, La Venexiana bring a dramatic delivery of the words and a uniquely Italian blend of solo voices to this glorious music, unrivalled on disc.” Sunday Times

GGramophone Awards 2008

Best of Category - Baroque Vocal

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2007

Building a Library

First Choice - November 2007

Glossa - GCD920913

(CD - 2 discs)

$31.00

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Monteverdi: L’Orfeo

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo


Monteverdi:

L'Orfeo

German version by Carl Orff (1895-1982)

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Bonus


Raymond Wolansky, Ingeborg Bremert, Lucretia West, Ernst Wiemann, Otto Arneth

Südfunkchor Stuttgart, Radiosinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Ferdinand Leitner

Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo first Performed in 1607 was composed by one of the most respected musicians in Northern Italy and is thought to be the first full opera ever performed. This piece combined the musical interludes with the drama itself creating an exciting new Genre with new possibilities for composers across the globe.

Profil - 25% off

Profil Medien - PH13029

(CD)

Normally: $21.00

Special: $15.75

(also available to download from $10.00)

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo


John Mark Ainsley, Brigitte Balleys, Michael Chance, David Cordier, Mario Luperi, Russell Smythe

Tragicomedia and Concerto Palatino, Stephen Stubbs (conductor) & Pierre Audi (director)

Running time: 140 minutes / Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

“Simply the most compelling account of L'Orfeo yet produced...John Mark Ainsley is simply superb as Orfeo…” BBC Music Magazine

DVD Video

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Opus Arte - The Essential Opera Collection - OAMO6007D

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

$22.25

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo


William Matteuzzi (Orfeo), Sylva Pozzer (La Musica/Euridice), Sara Mingardo (La Messaggiera/Proserpina), Angela Bucci (La Speranza), Paolo Dal Dosso (Caronte), Loris Bertolo (Plutone), Gian Paolo Fagotto (Apollo)

Ensemble Instrumental, Sergio Vartolo

Reissue in the Brilliant Classics Opera Collection of this excellent “HIP” performance of Monteverdi’s ever popular L’Orfeo, history’s first real opera. Soloists include the crème of Baroque Voices: the great Sara Mingardo, Sylvia Pozzer, Gabriella Martellacci, Gianpaolo Fagotto and the inspiring and historically based direction of Sergio Vartolo.

All libretti are available on www.brilliantoperacollection.com.

Narrating the famous tale of the Thracian singer Orpheus and his quest to the underworld to bring his wife, Euridice, back to the land of the living, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo is one of the most enduringly popular of all operatic works.

Numerous performances continue to be staged to this day, and there are no signs of fading appreciation for the work, even four centuries after its first performance (in 1607). Sergio Vartolo’s fantastic, historically-informed interpretation presents an ideal opportunity for listeners to explore the reasons behind this opera’s vast and undiminishing popularity.

Monteverdi’s famed skill for giving full expression to a text’s meaning is particularly clear – shown, for example, in his careful deployment of dissonance for emotional impact, and in the immensely moving third-act aria. Beyond this, however, L’Orfeo’s ability to enthral audiences may lie in its celebration of the power and beauty of music; from the opening Prologue, where Music appears onstage to extol her virtues, to Orpheus’s ability to achieve the unthinkable and gain access to the underworld through his talent as a singer, music is the driving force of the opera’s action. This fantastic recording reveals the genius of Monteverdi’s work fully, featuring an exemplary and authentic interpretation that is the result of Sergio Vartolo’s thorough study of the score. Essential listening for any serious fans of opera, this set is also an excellent starting-point for exploring the music of Monteverdi, who has been dubbed the ‘creator of modern music’.

“Ably delivered by Itailan singers and players, but mannered effects - self-conscious musical direction, slow tempos - too often devalue idiomatic virtues.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 **

“The singing is on a high level with a very good chorus and first class contributions from the many secondary singers. Sylvia Pozzer who sings Musica as well as Euridice, is lovely and fresh voiced...[Matteuzzi] is an excellent Orfeo, expressive and able to vary his tone exquisitely...[Mingardo] sings gloriously in Act IV” MusicWeb International, 10th May 2013

Brilliant Classics Opera Collection - 94373BR

(CD - 2 discs)

$13.00

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo


Ian Bostridge (Orfeo), Natalie Dessay (La Musica), Patrizia Ciofi (Euridice), Véronique Gens (Proserpina), Alice Coote (Messaggiera), Sonia Prina (Speranza), Carolyn Sampson (Ninfa), Paul Agnew (Eco/Pastore), Christopher Maltman (Apollo/Pastore), Lorenzo Regazzo (Plutone), Mario Luperi (Caronte), Pascal Bertin, Richard Burkhard (Pastori)

Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm

Recording Country: France

Recording Location: 15-22 January 2003. Eglise Notre Dame du Liban, Paris.

Mix Date: 22 Jan 2003

Executive Producer: Alain Lanceron

Producer & Editor: Daniel Zalay

Balance Engineer: Jean Chatauret (Musica Numeris)

Virgin - The Opera Series - 9482532

(CD - 2 discs)

$22.25

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Recorded live at La Teatro alla Scala 21st & 23rd December 2009


Georg Nigl (Orfeo), Roberta Invernizzi (Euridice), Sara Mingardo (Messaggera), Sara Mingardo (Speranza), Luigi De Donato (Caronte), Raffaella Milanesi (Proserpina), Giovanni Battista Parodi (Plutone), Roberta Invernezzi (Eco), Furio Zanasi (Apollo) & Nicola Strada (Solo Dancer)

Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala & Concerto Italiano (Basso continuo), Rinaldo Alessandrini (conductor) & Robert Wilson (director)

Monteverdi’s seminal first opera tells the dramatic story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses of the descent of Orfeo (Georg Nigl) into the underworld to recover his beloved wife Euridice (Roberta Invernizzi), who has died from a snake bite. In a new production for La Scala, based on a painting by Titian and directed by Robert Wilson, the opera receives a powerful and inspiring performance from a fine cast, the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala and Concerto Italiano under the much-admired Italian early music specialist, Rinaldo Alessandrini. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

‘Robert Wilson meets Monteverdi with successful results’ The Opera Critic

Extra features:

Cast Gallery

Illustrated Synopsis

Running time 1 hours 56 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“I've never heard [the separation scene] more effectively sung by either Orfeo or Euridice...[Nigl] animates the recitatives by putting the words and their rhetorical structures first...In short, this is a wonderfully satisfying performance, featuring one of the finest Orfeos on disc, and a production which suits the needs of both the large-scale theatre and the small screen equally well.” International Record Review, March 2011

“Director Robert Wilson takes his inspiration from a Titian painting, Venus with Eros and an Organist, and delivers a series of starkly-lit tableaux - strong geometric shapes framing the highly stylised gestures of the cast. The drama comes from Alessandrini's edition and the bite and brilliance of the La Scala orchestra, and Concerto Italiano's inventive continuo section.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

“the singers are drawn from the top drawer of Baroque practice...Wilson's concept of abstraction - both visual and dramatic - never seems to work with real live performers. But there's still a great deal of musical pleasure to be had from the singers and Rinaldo Alessandrini's conducting.” Classic FM Magazine, May 2011 ***

“Beautifully flimed in Milan, this DVD shows how well Wilson's minimalist productions can take to the small screen...Alessandrini directs an authentically sized La Scala orchestra in playing that is at once historically informed and always alive...Georg Nigl, previously a Wozzeck at La Scala, sings with much beauty of voice.” Gramophone Magazine

“This bears all Wilson's trademark stylisations with slow movement and hand gestures full of meaning casting their hypnotic spell. The lighting is also crucial to Wilson's approach. The singing is enthusiastic with Georg Nigl a solid Orpheus, Roberta Invernizzi a poignant Eurydice and Sara Mingardo an outstanding Messenger.” Opera Now, Summer 2011

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

Opus Arte La Scala Collection - OA1044D

(DVD Video)

$37.00

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Recorded live at La Teatro alla Scala 21st & 23rd December 2009


Georg Nigl (Orfeo), Roberta Invernizzi (Euridice), Sara Mingardo (Messaggera), Sara Mingardo (Speranza), Luigi De Donato (Caronte), Raffaella Milanesi (Proserpina), Giovanni Battista Parodi (Plutone), Roberta Invernezzi (Eco), Furio Zanasi (Apollo) & Nicola Strada (Solo Dancer)

Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala & Concerto Italiano (Basso continuo), Rinaldo Alessandrini (conductor) & Robert Wilson (director)

Monteverdi’s seminal first opera tells the dramatic story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses of the descent of Orfeo (Georg Nigl) into the underworld to recover his beloved wife Euridice (Roberta Invernizzi), who has died from a snake bite. In a new production for La Scala, based on a painting by Titian and directed by Robert Wilson, the opera receives a powerful and inspiring performance from a fine cast, the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala and Concerto Italiano under the much-admired Italian early music specialist, Rinaldo Alessandrini. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

‘Robert Wilson meets Monteverdi with successful results’ The Opera Critic

Extra features:

Cast Gallery

Illustrated Synopsis

Running time 1 hours 56 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“Director Robert Wilson takes his inspiration from a Titian painting, Venus with Eros and an Organist, and delivers a series of starkly-lit tableaux - strong geometric shapes framing the highly stylised gestures of the cast. The drama comes from Alessandrini's edition and the bite and brilliance of the La Scala orchestra, and Concerto Italiano's inventive continuo section.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

“the singers are drawn from the top drawer of Baroque practice...Wilson's concept of abstraction - both visual and dramatic - never seems to work with real live performers. But there's still a great deal of musical pleasure to be had from the singers and Rinaldo Alessandrini's conducting.” Classic FM Magazine, May 2011 ***

“Beautifully flimed in Milan, this DVD shows how well Wilson's minimalist productions can take to the small screen...Alessandrini directs an authentically sized La Scala orchestra in playing that is at once historically informed and always alive...Georg Nigl, previously a Wozzeck at La Scala, sings with much beauty of voice.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2011

“I've never heard [the separation scene] more effectively sung by either Orfeo or Euridice...[Nigl] animates the recitatives by putting the words and their rhetorical structures first...In short, this is a wonderfully satisfying performance, featuring one of the finest Orfeos on disc, and a production which suits the needs of both the large-scale theatre and the small screen equally well.” International Record Review, March 2011

“This bears all Wilson's trademark stylisations with slow movement and hand gestures full of meaning casting their hypnotic spell. The lighting is also crucial to Wilson's approach. The singing is enthusiastic with Georg Nigl a solid Orpheus, Roberta Invernizzi a poignant Eurydice and Sara Mingardo an outstanding Messenger.” Opera Now, Summer 2011

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Opus Arte La Scala Collection - OABD7080D

(Blu-ray)

$44.50

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