This year, the project revolves around what is generally considered the first opera in the history of modern music: L’Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, a masterpiece between the Renaissance and Baroque.
Elvio Annese and Roberto San Pietro, creators and producers of the visual journey, decided to use 2D photographic animation to present one of the most complex periods in history in a simple and entertaining manner. Everything was filmed in the beautiful settings of the Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Te in Mantua, allowing us to enter the very places where Monteverdi lived and his Orfeo was performed. The documentary leads the viewer on an extraordinary journey through the magic of music as embodied by Orpheus and his lyre.
The very direction of the La Scala performance itself, by Bob Wilson, is freed from the requirement to merely represent the action and allowed to evoke the reactions and emotions generated in the human spirit by the music, feelings that this latest edition will surely arouse in the listener.
Rinaldo Alessandrini Synergy of text and music: the Monteverdi revolution
Paolo Fabbri The birth of L'Orfeo
Philip Gossett L'Orfeo by Monteverdi: listening guide
Mario Marcarini The hundred faces of Orpheus
Federico Fornoni The myth of Orpheus from the Florence of Rinuccini to the Mantua of Striggio
Giovanni Vitali «I am music…» - Genesis of the Opera
Roberto Giuliani Towards a history of interpretation: L'Orfeo on CD and DVD
L'Orfeo Synopsis and Libretto
Photos: Lelli & Masotti © Teatro alla Scala