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.
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):
With madrigals from Monteverdi's Terzo Libro dei Madrigali