In yesterday’s post, I told you about a webcast of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo presented by The Opera Platform and the Berlin Komische Oper.
Today, I thought I would provide you with a more traditional performance of this opera so you can compare them. This performance was presented by the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, and the orchestra, playing period instruments, is conducted by Jordi Savall. In addition, the orchestra members are wearing what appear to be period clothing styles, pretty cool!
Yesterday’s performance was re-orchestrated by composer Elena Kats-Chernin using modern instruments.
Below you can do your own quick head-to-head comparison using the aria presented in yesterday’s post. Yesterday’s aria is in German, today’s in the original Italian.
So, what do you think?
Oh, and here are a few more references on Monteverdi and the origins of opera.
The Root of All Opera: Monteverdi’s ‘Orfeo’, http://www.npr.org/2010/01/08/122328598/the-root-of-all-opera-monteverdi-s-orfeo
Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Invention of Opera, http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/Article/312776,monteverdi-s-l-orfeo-and-the-invention-of-opera.aspx.
Image attribution: Orpheus and Eurydice, painting by Friedrich Rehberg, 1812.