Orfeo Dolente

Staged live at Holy Trinity Church, Rotherhithe, SE16 5HF. 

After Hades snatches Eurydice from his arms, Orpheus descends into hell a second time to rescue her from death.

Musica Antica Rotherhithe present the first staging of Belli's opera since its premiere in Florence in 1616. Written when opera as an art form was still in its infancy, it shows the New Music of the early Baroque at its most experimental, expressive and emotionally powerful.

Lasting under 1 hour, it also makes the perfect introduction to music of this period for those new to early opera. Belli's opera will be accompanied by music by his contemporary Claudio Monteverdi, and Monteverdi's student and most prolific composer of opera of the 17th Century, Francesco Cavalli.

A bar selling cream teas, wine, beer and home-infused gin cocktails will operate during the interval and after the performance.

Musica Antica

Jessica Eucker soprano
Camilla Seale mezzo-soprano

Tristram Cooke countertenor

Oliver Doyle tenor & harpsichord

Joachim Sabbat bass

ilana Cravitz & Maxim Del Mar violin

Harry Buckoke viola da gamba

Peter Martin theorbo



Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643):

Prologue to Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria

Francesco Cavalli (1602 - 1676):
Act I Scenes I-II from L'Ercole Amante

Ecco l'idolo mio from L'Elena

Uscitemi dal cor from L'Erismena

Mia speranza from L'Elena

Un talamo ed un letto from L'Ormindo

Mia vita, mio bene from Il Ciro




Domenico Belli (d. 1627):

Orfeo Dolente

With madrigals from Monteverdi's Terzo Libro dei Madrigali