The Royal Opera - L'Orfeo Reviews
5 June 2020
Gyula Orendt (Orfeo)
Mary Bevan (Euridice)
Christopher Lowrey (Third Pastor), Gyula Orendt (Orfeo), Mary Bevan (Euridice), Anthony Gregory (First Pastor)
Susan Bickley (Silvia)
Gyula Orendt (Orfeo), Mary Bevan (Euridice)

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L'Orfeo

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 19

Overall this is a rather mixed affair, strangely holding back from the theatrical spectacle it could provide
23 Jan 15 / A Younger Theatre
Michael Boyd's production predictably preferred stage action to music
21 Jan 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Michael Boyd’s Orfeo is a bold mix of formality and rough circus
20 Jan 15 / Classical-music.com
A despairing Orfeo
19 Jan 15 / The Observer
The vision of this production was extremely effective; however, its execution proved a little more challenging
19 Jan 15 / Opera Britannia
Vividly theatrical L'Orfeo at the Roundhouse
19 Jan 15 / Planet Hugill
Michael Boyd's L’Orfeo brings opera to new audiences with an excellent cast
18 Jan 15 / Express
The Royal Opera House makes many firsts in temple to rock
17 Jan 15 / Independent
Orendt’s commitment to the title role is absolute and unceasing
17 Jan 15 / Opera Today
Admirable singing but incoherent staging in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo
16 Jan 15 / Seen and Heard
Royal Opera’s Orfeo shouts its agenda so loudly the music struggles to be heard
16 Jan 15 / The Spectator
There's a tingling directness which makes it compelling
15 Jan 15 / The Guardian
This Royal Opera production boasts an outstanding cast but is too relentlessly sombre
15 Jan 15 / Telegraph
The Royal Opera experiments with a more informal venue
15 Jan 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
Michael Boyd, making his operatic debut, produced a reading that was more pastor than pastoral
15 Jan 15 / Music OMH
Both vocally and physically, Gyula Orendt’s performance is entirely remarkable
15 Jan 15 / The Stage
The Royal Opera goes Shakespearean at the Roundhouse
15 Jan 15 / Bachtrack
The Royal Opera teams up with the Roundhouse for its first-ever staging of Monteverdi's opera
15 Jan 15 / What's on Stage
Michael Boyd’s production takes us back to those ancient Greek festivals of poetry and music
15 Jan 15 / The Arts Desk
Orfeo at the Roundhouse: in rehearsal
The Royal Opera House and the Roundhouse’s co-production of Monterverdi’s L’Orfeo opens at the Roundhouse, London this week. David Levene went along to photograph one of the final rehearsals.
Orfeo: looking back at Monteverdi’s masterpiece
Don Paterson thought writing a singable English version of a 17th-century Italian opera would be a breeze, until he found himself ‘fitting a set of spanners into a velvet box made for a dinner service’.
Rachel Kelly, rising mezzo
The ROH Young Artist looks forward to appearing in Orfeo at the Roundhouse.
Production details
Cast
Hurrell, Hurrell, Gregory, Sprague, Lowrey, Bevan, Orendt, Bevan, Bickley, Lowrey, Platt, Kelly, Thorpe, Sprague
(c) Curnyn (d) Boyd
Performance dates
13, 14, 16, 17, 23, 24 January, 2 March 2015
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