Ticketing is now open for our 2017 series of recitals informed by the insights offered by Miranda Fulleylove and colleagues on the music, the composer and the background to their composition. All recitals commence at 6.00pm preceded with drinks at 5.45pm.

Please apply to Emma Ormond at the e-mail address at the end of this Newsletter where payment details can also be found.

We look forward to welcoming you for some great music in lovely houses with fine wine and food included. Richard Brown

Chamber Music in Purbeck Houses 2017 – booking details

PURBECK ART WEEKS FESTIVAL 2017 advance information

Saturday 3rd June 7.00pm Lady St Mary church, Wareham

I Fagiolini: Monteverdi – L’Orfeo (1607)
Semi-staged opera with English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble
Robert Hollingworth director.

The first operatic masterpiece by the undisputed genius of the age still works its magic 410 years on. An eternal story, brilliant vocal writing and rich instrumental colour make this the only classic from the first period of opera to have stood the test of time. Written for Monteverdi’s own regular vocal ensemble, here it’s performed by I Fagiolini in their 30th anniversary year with the brilliant Matthew Long as the virtuosic demi-God of singing and an entire team of singers with a background in Monteverdi’s secular and sacred music.

The first of Monteverdi’s works for the stage (many are now lost) L’Orfeo was produced in February 1607 in the ducal palace at Mantua. The libretto by Alessandro Striggio (son of the composer of the 40-part mass) relates the legend of the musician Orpheus losing his bride Eurydice and attempting to rescue her from the underworld. Monteverdi’s recitative is much more intense and full of musical interest than his contemporaries’, and he produced a work of greater emotional scale, subtler musical flexibility and tauter dramatic organisation. Also notable is the colourful instrumental writing with cornetts, sackbuts and the firey ‘regal’ for the infernal scenes, with baroque violin band, lutes, harp and harpsichord above ground.

This semi-staged production for I Fagiolini is by Thomas Guthrie and was first performed by I Fagiolini in Venice in 2015.

Principals: Matthew Long: Orfeo, Rachel Ambrose-Evans: Euridice, Clare Wilkinson: Proserpina, Ciara Hendrick: Messenger, William Purefoy: Speranza, Nicholas Hurndall Smith: Apollo, Greg Skidmore: Shepherd, Charles Gibbs: Pluto, Christopher Adams: Caronte.

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