Claudio Monteverdi and Michael Alcorn

1995 Orfeo

A sudden frost,the death of the bride at the wedding.The hellbound journey of the groom to find her again.The pity of the girl-queen of the underworld,recovery,loss again,reunion in the fire.

Orfeo is the stricken husband,the singer, the son of the light,the shaman of his tribe-he is also the ritual sacrifice.

Belfast composer Michael Alcorn's excting new version of Monteverdi's masterpiece is scored for electronic chamber ensemble and live electronics,employing todays most advanced interactive performance instruments.The singers are Conor Biggs, Sinéad Blanchfield,Doreen Curran,Giles Davies,Thérèse Feighan,Niall Morris and Nicholas Hadleigh Wilson. 

OTC Director James Conway,sculptor Kathy Prendergast ( Young Arist Award winner at this year's Venice Biennale) and lighting designer Simon Corder collaborate on a radical interpretation of one of the worlds most persistent and profound love stories.                                                                     

Tour Details

8 , 10 , 11 November DUBLIN Samuel Beckett Theatre
13 November BALLYSHANNON Abbey Centre
15 November ENNISKILLEN Ardhowen Theatre
17 November BELFAST Stranmillis College Theatre
19 November ENNIS Danlann an Chláir
21 November CORK Firkin Crane
24 November HUDDERSFIELD Lawrence Batley Theatre

"This Orfeo confirms it's position as a company at the cutting edge of opera,not only in Ireland but in Europe."
Irish News
"The Result is something almost unique in my experience -an opera production that doesn't just work as an opportunity to hear beautiful music finely sung by a cast of excellent young singers ,or even as an interesting piece of theatre. It works as a production that both makes sense of elements in Irish theatrical tradition and at the same time addresses itself to Irish culture as it is now…."
Irish Times

Production Information

Cast

Girl( Music, Euridice) Sinéad Blanchfield
Woman(Messenger, Proserpina) Thérèse Feighan
Sister(Shepherd,Hope) Doreen Curran
Leader(Shepherd,Apollo) Niall Morris
Young Man(Orfeo) Nicholas Hadleigh-Wilson
Brother(Shepherd,Pluto) Giles Davis
Man with Crutch ( Shepard,Charon) Conor Biggs

Creative Team

Director James Conway
Music Directors Michael Alcorn and Andrew Synnott
Designer Kathy Prendergast
Lighting Designer Simon Corder

Synopsis

                                                                 

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