Students in MUS219: Performing Opera present a free, fully-staged production of Monteverdi's masterpiece "L'Orfeo" -- a work that is considered to be the "root of all opera." The production, directed by award-winning director Thomas Guthrie, conducted by Director of Choral Activities Gabriel Crouch, with lighting by Tony-nominated designer Jane Cox, projection design by David Bengali, and production design by Ruth Paton, presents a novel retelling of the Orpheus legend through the use of masks and puppets.
This production is presented twice: on Friday, January 12, 2018 and on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:30PM. Advanced reservations are now sold out for both performances. An obstructed view line will form at the door at 6:30PM prior to each performance.
In conjunction with the performances of Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo,” the Program in Italian Studies will present an afternoon symposium on the opera on, Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 1:00-6:00PM in 010 East Pyne, including a round table featuring the production team, presentations on the opera and its context by the graduate students in Professor Wendy Heller’s graduate seminar Music 515: Origins of Opera. Professor Tim Carter, the David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and one of the leading experts on the music of Monteverdi, will be the respondent for the graduate student papers and present a keynote lecture on the opera titled “On this happy day...: 'Speaking' and 'Singing' in Monteverdi's L’Orfeo." The symposium will be followed by a reception.