Orpheus’ Muses is a society which produces and innovates in the field of baroque opera and oratorio performance. Our programme highlights both early vocal and stage works.
Our programme for spring 2018 features two performances of Alessandro Stradella’s (1639–1682) San Giovanni Battista (1675), an oratorio on John the Baptist, in collaboration with early-music group Ensemble Nylandia and harpsichordist Matias Häkkinen. The title role is sung by countertenor David Hackston and appearing in the other roles are Jussi Merikanto, Juho Punkeri, Elli Vallinoja and Meri Metsomäki.
Orpheus’ Muses’ production of Henry Purcell’s beloved Dido & Aeneas was premiered on 2nd April 2017. By popular demand we gave another two performances later in the autumn.
The crowning achievement of 2017 was undoubtedly Claudio Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, of which we gave four performances at the Helsinki Conservatory in honour of the composer’s 450th anniversary. Many thanks to our audiences for attending in such numbers and for all the positive feedback. The media appreciated Poppea too. Read the reviews here (in Finnish and Swedish only):
We are passionate about the growing interest in baroque music, are working to create interesting experiences for as wide an audience as possible. Working with audiences, and educating young musicians are fundamental aims of Orpheus’ Muses, and we are always looking for new opportunities to educate and inspire.