Fig. from above: l’arte del mondo and PIGRECO, Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli and Federico Sacchi, Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Krystian Adam and Natalia Rubiś. Photos:


Orfeo 2.0 – a baRock opera

Is it possible to perform Monteverdi's La Favola di Orfeo in modern times and produce the same stunning effect that was experienced by the audience attending its first performance 410 years ago? In his seek for a purest form of communication, composer Massimiliano Toni dared to go further, led by a "desperate desire" to fully value the touching beauty of music and to get straight to the public in the most powerful way.

After a 10-year-process, the project "ORFEO 2.0 – a baRock opera" was finally conceived. In a nutshell, Orfeo's saga is about a man who has the courage to scout unexplored ground and to surpass his limits, a man whose quest for true love jeopardizes his own life. Hence it is not merely a myth but rather an archetype of contemporary men and women, prone to head towards new frontiers and to surf virtual and unexpected realities, finding themselves nevertheless forced to deal with the fragility of human relationships.

“La Favola di Orfeo” was put in music for the first time by Monteverdi, a composer born in Cremona 450 years ago. Massimiliano Toni's arrangement, written for baroque orchestra, rock band and seven singers, is violent, new and transcendent and yet stronlgy related to the original: for this reason, it has been called 2.0. Within the music-ecosystem Orfeo 2.0, many different genres can coexist. Various contaminations make themselves audible beneath Monteverdi's original melodies, which resonate still uncorrupted, Rock, Blues, Funky, Caribbean rhythms, progressive rock and sometimes even experimental musical chaos.

During the whole performance, a sound engineer is in control of the balance: the intention is not to throw a massive amount of decibel to the audience but rather to ensure the counterpoint of very different instruments as well as to present a transparent and intelligible ensemble.

The staging of Orfeo 2.0 aims to functionality, therefore the show is realistically suitable for almost any theater or performing venue. Thanks to visual projections the space can be customized for all desired settings. This produces an extremely charming show, on the edge of the surreal. It turns continuously from a traditional staging into a rock concert and vice versa; this way the spectator is free to mentally enter or leave the drama of Orfeo at any moment.

Seven singers with renown careers in baroque music, give life to all characters on stage: Orfeo is sung by tenor Krystian Adam who has recently performed the role at the Royal Opera House in London as well as at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York. In the pit, the prestigious baroque ensemble L'Arte del Mondo, founded by Werner Ehrhardt, mixes with the rock band PIGRECO.

Krystian Adam

Natalia Rubiś
Euridice/La Musica/Ninfa

Jorge Juan Morata

Federico Sacchi

Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli
La Messaggera/Proserpina

Massimiliano Toni
Harpsichord, organ & musical direction

Werner Ehrhardt
1st Violin & musical direction

Jean-Paul Carradori
Light design & video projections

Oscar Mapelli
Sound engineer

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