The Roundhouse and the Royal Opera join forces as Michael Boyd directs a much-anticipated new production of Monteverdi’s masterpiece L’Orfeo, the first great opera.

Orfeo will be Michael Boyd’s operatic debut and follows one of the most memorable productions ever at the Roundhouse – Shakespeare’s Histories cycle, presented here to widespread critical acclaim when he was artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The atmospheric Roundhouse Main Space and designs by the award-winning theatre designer Tom Piper will contribute to a theatrical spectacle that promises to make this masterpiece a revelation for a whole new audience today.

Monteverdi’s musical genius formed a bold and inspired synthesis of emotional drama, existing musical styles and innovative ideas. British composer Christopher Moulds will conduct all performances. Christopher Moulds also conducts Monteverdi’s Orfeo for the Bavarian State Opera in July 2015 and has previously conducted the work for Opera North.

A new translation by Don Paterson and performed by a superb cast, Orfeo is sure to give an exciting new perspective on the greatest of all early operas.



This collaboration between the Roundhouse and the Royal Opera House is full of simple and superbly effective touches, with a strong cast of soloists and vivid playing from the Early Opera Company

, The Guardian

‘Orendt sings most eloquently, threading beautiful melisma through Possente spirto and entering whole-heartedly into the drama. Mary Bevan (Prologue/Euridice), Susan Bickley (the Messenger) and Anthony Gregory and Alexander Sprague (the Shepherds) are also outstanding in an altogether first-class cast, and the orchestra of the Early Opera Company plays with gusto under Christopher Moulds.’

, Telegraph

It all not only looks austerely beautiful… it sounds amazing too. Our proximity made one wonder afresh at the glory of the operatic voice

, Arts Desk

Conductor Christopher Moulds provides excellent leadership to the beautiful Orchestra of Early Opera Company, while there are a plethora of superb performances.

, Londonist



Director – Michael Boyd
Set designs – Tom Piper
Lighting design – Jean Kalman


Conductor – Christopher Moulds (Christian Curnyn will no longer conduct this work – read more)
Orchestra – Orchestra of the Early Opera Company
Orfeo – Gyula Orendt
Music / Euridice / Echo – Mary Bevan
Nymph – Susanna Hurrell
Persephone – Rachel Kelly
Pluto – Callum Thorpe
Charon – James Platt
Messenger – Susan Bickley
First Shepherd – Anthony Gregory
Second Shepherd / Apollo – Alexander Sprague (due to the withdrawal of Amar Muchhala)
Third Shepherd / Hope – Christopher Lowrey


Fanfare pieces will be performed from 6.45pm in Torquils Bar on Level 1. They have been composed or arranged entirely by young people aged 11-21 years old.

Schedule of performances
Tues 13 January – Haverstock School
Weds 14 January – Haverstock School
Fri 16 January – Roundhouse Music Production
Sat 17 January – Roundhouse Music Production
Tues 20 January – William Ellis School
Weds 21 January – William Ellis School
Fri 23 January – Roundhouse Music Production
Sat 24 January – Roundhouse Music Production