Monteverdi : Orfeo

8 March 2017- 8pm
With surtitles in english & french
Approximate duration: 
2h30 intermission including

There is no need to introduce Orfeo, one of the major works in the opera world, performed on stages all over the world.


Les Arts Florissants have already given it several times (notably in Madrid, as part of a Monteverdi trilogy by Pizzi). However 2017 will see the very first interpretation of this work under the direction of Paul Agnew, the joint musical director and associate conductor of the Ensemble, after performing Monteverdi’s complete madrigals over four years of concerts all around Europe. Paul Agnew heads the creation of this new production. At his side, Cyril Auvity sings Orfeo, with a number of singers, mostly coming from the Jardin des Voix and the artistic team from the complete Monteverdi madrigals with Alain Blanchot designing the costumes – his magnificent work for 11 Sant’Alessio or Rameau, maître à danser was greatly acclaimed by the press.

“This is an intimate production of Orfeo.  The relatively simple sets place the work back in its antique context and put the music and through the music the text, at the heart of the performance and of the spectator’s experience. It is through simplicity that the essential principle in all Monteverdi’s work – that text guides harmony – can be accomplished.” 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Paul Agnew

Extract from Madrigals of Monteverdi by Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants



Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Opera in 5 acts with a prologue. Libretto by Alessandro Striggio
First performed at the Mantua Palazzo Ducale on 24th February 1607


⇒ The English subtitles of this production are sponsored by CAP MONDE. Every year over 30 000 children and teenagers are travelling with Cap Monde around the world.


Coproduction: Les Arts Florissants, Le Théâtre de Caen, Philharmonie de Paris




Cyril Auvity Orfeo

Hannah Morrison Euridice

Miriam Allan Proserpine

Lea Desandre L'Espérance

Carlo Vistoli Esprit

Sean Clayton Echo / Berger / Esprit

Zachary Wilder Esprit / Berger

Antonio Abete Pluton

Cyril Constanzo Charon / Esprit


Orchestre des Arts Florissants

Paul Agnew Conductor and staging


Alain Blanchot Costumes

Christophe Naillet Sets and lights