The stream will be presented by former Royal Ballet School student and BBC Culture Show presenter Morgan Quaintance and Roundhouse emerging artist Jane Young.
Monterverdi’s baroque opera Orfeo is the first collaboration between The Royal Opera House and the Roundhouse.
The cast is led by baritone Gyula Orendt as Orfeo and soprano Mary Bevan as Euridice, who perform alongside Jette Parker Young Artists James Platt as Charon and Rachel Kelly as Proserpina. The chorus is comprised of post-graduate singers from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, while the energy of the East London Dance troupe brings the staging to life.
Former Royal Shakespeare Company director Michael Boyd’s operatic debut has received both critical and audience acclaim for both exposing new talent and for remaining true to the piece’s dramatic roots.
The live stream is delivered in association with BBC Arts and will also be available to watch again on the BBC Arts website.
Credits & Performers
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