»Orfeo« premieres at Teatro Real in Madrid

After a pause of 4 years, Sasha Waltz‘ version of Claudio Monteverdi’s »Orfeo« returns to the stage and will be performed in Spain for the first time from November 20 to 24 at Teatro Real in Madrid.

Claudio Monteverdi’s »Orfeo« is considered to be the first opera and a masterpiece of European musical history. Certainly, this setting to music of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is the earliest surviving »Favola in musica«, which at its première in 1607 apprehended for the first time instrumental music, song, dance and theatre as a unit. For Sasha Waltz, »Orfeo« brings together different strands from previous creations, and connects soloists from her arrangements of contemporary pieces with actors from the world of ancient music.

Her version of Henry Purcell’s baroque opera »Dido & Aeneas« signaled the start of a new chapter in her artistic work. She enhanced the media of musical theatre through the theatricality of dance and created a new genre for the opera, a fusion of dance, song and music: the choreographic opera. This new genre continued its development as Sasha Waltz worked on the compositions »Medea« (Dusapin, 2007), »Roméo & Juliette« (Berlioz, 2007), »Passion« (Dusapin, 2010) and »Matsukaze« (Hosokawa, 2011). After first encountering the myth of Orpheus in Pascal Dusapin‘s chamber opera »Passion«, with »Orfeo« Sasha Waltz returns to the roots of baroque music.

Orfeo
Sasha Waltz
Claudio Monteverdi
20. November, 6 pm
21. 23. 24. November 2022, 7:30 pm
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