L' Orfeo

More info on L' Orfeo

Composer:

Claudio Monteverdi

Librettist:

Alessandro Striggio, junior

Premiere:

24 February 1607, Mantua (Palazzo Ducale)

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

L' Orfeo Synopsis

Libretto:

L' Orfeo Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

About the opera L' Orfeo

L'Orfeo (SV 318), sometimes called L'Orfeo, favola in musica, is an early Baroque opera by Claudio Monteverdi, with a libretto by Alessandro Striggio. It is based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, and tells the story of his descent to Hades and his fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living world. Written in 1607 for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua, L'Orfeo is one of the earliest music dramas still regularly performed.
Within the musical theatre at the beginning of the 17th century the traditional intermedio—a musical sequence between the acts of a straight play—was evolving into the form of a complete musical drama or "opera". Monteverdi's L'Orfeo moved this process out of its experimental era, and provided the first fully developed example within the new genre. After its initial performance the work was staged again in Mantua, and possibly in other Italian centres in the next few years. Its score was published by Monteverdi in 1609 and again in 1615. After the composer's death in 1643 the opera remained unperformed, and was largely forgotten until a revival of interest in the late 19th century led to a spate of modern editions and performances. At first these tended to be unstaged versions within institutes and music societies, but following the first modern dramatised performance in Paris, in 1911, the work was seen increasingly in theatres. After the Second World War most new editions sought authenticity through the use of period instruments. Many recordings were issued, and the opera was increasingly staged in opera houses. In 2007 the quatercentenary of the premiere was celebrated by performances throughout the world.
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Roles in L' Orfeo

La musica Soprano
Orfeo Tenor
Euridice Soprano
La messaggera Soprano
Speranza Soprano
Caronte Bass
Proserpina Soprano
Plutone Bass

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All scenes from L' Orfeo

Arias from L' Orfeo
Duets from L' Orfeo

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Overture Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

Roles:
2Toccata Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.02

Type: instrumentalVoice: Language: Italian

Roles:
3Dal mio Permesso Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: La musica
4Inquesto lieto e fortunato giorno Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pastore I
5Vieni Imeneo, deh vieni Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.05

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
6Muse, honor di Parnaso Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfa
7Lasciate i monti Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.07

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
8Poi di bei fiori per voi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.08

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
9Ma tu gentil cantor Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pastore III
10Rosa del ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
11Io non dirò Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice
12Vieni Imeneo, deh vieni II Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.12

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
13Ma s'il nostro gioir Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: pastore-i
14Ecco Orfeo Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.14

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
15Alcun non sia Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.15

Type: quintet,choirVoice: T T T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pastore I/pastore-i/Pastore III/Pastore IV/Ninfa/Ninfe e pastori
16Ecco pur ch'a voi ritorno Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.01

Type: trioVoice: T T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo/Pastore I/pastore-i
17Mira che sé n'alletta Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.02

Type: duetVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pastore I/pastore-i
18Dunque fa degni, Orfeo Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.03

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
19Vi ricordo o boschi ombrosi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
20Mira, deh mira Orfeo Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pastore I
21Ahi caso acerbo-1 Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.06

Type: quartetVoice: S T T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: La messaggera/Pastore I/Pastore III/Orfeo
22In un fiorito prato Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.07

Type: trioVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: La messaggera/Pastore I/pastore-i
23Tu se morta mia vita Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
24Ahi caso acerbo-2 Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.09

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
25Ma io Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: La messaggera
26Chi ne consola ahi lassi? Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.01

Type: trioVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfa/Pastore I/pastore-i
27Scorto da te mio Nume Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
28Ecco l'atra palude Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Speranza
29Dove, ah dove te n' vai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
30O tu ch'innanzi morte Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Caronte
31Possente Spirto Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
32Ben mi lusinga alquanto Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Caronte
33Ahi sventurato amante Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
34Ei dorme Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
35Nulla impresa per huom Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Spiriti infernali
36Signor quell'infelice Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Proserpina
37Benchè severo ed immutabil fato Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.02

Type: trioVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Plutone/Spirito I/Spirito II
38Quali grazie ti rendo Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Proserpina
39Tue soavi parole Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.04

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Plutone
40Pietade, oggi, e amore Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.05

Type: choirVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Spiriti infernali
41Ecco il gentil cantore Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.06

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Spirito I/Orfeo
42Qual onor di te Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
43O dolcissimi lumi Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.08

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo/Spirito I/Spirito III
44Rotto hai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.09

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice/Orfeo/Spirito I/Spirito III
45Ahi, vista troppo dolce Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Euridice
46Torn'a l'ombra -Dove ten vai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.11

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Spirito I/Orfeo
47È la virtute un raggio Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.12

Type: ariaVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Spiriti infernali
48Questi i campi di Tracia Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 5.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
49Perchè a lo sdegno e al dolor Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 5.02

Type: duetVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo/Apollo
50Saliam cantando al Cielo Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 5.03

Type: duetVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo/Apollo
51Vanne Orfeo felice a pieno Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 5.04

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
52Moresca Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 5.05

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori