The theme of Monteverdi’s Orpheus – the first proper opera masterpiece – is as close as you can come to having your innermost wish fulfilled and yet watching it slip through your fingers.

The Greek myth about the singer Orpheus, who loses his beloved Eurydice and therefore descends to the underworld to retrieve her from the dead, has provided inspiration for many composers throughout the history of music. Monteverdi’s Orpheus is the first in the series, composed as early as in 1607 for the carnival in Mantova. Even after more than 400 years on the stage, we are still moved by the music and the tale.

Danish composer and baroque expert Lars Ulrik Mortensen teams up with Concerto Copenhagen to guarantee a sparklingly vivid and close-up interpretation of Monteverdi’s unique and immortal music.

Orpheus is staged by Jetske Mijnssen and encapsulated in enthralling visual designs by set designer Ben Baur.

During the spring season of 2020, the Royal Danish Opera House will perform three operas based on Greek myths and legends: Orpheus, Ariadne on Naxos, and Idomeneo, and at a concert with the Royal Danish Orchestra on 20 March you can see Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex.

The opera is performed in italian with danish surtitles.

More information on the Royal Danish Theater's website ...


C. Monteverdi: Orpheus