Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) – Orfeo (1607)
Oprheus’ Muses’ first production was Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo in 2015. The performance made Finnish music history, as it was the first staged production of the work in Finland. Director Ville Saukkonen and conductor Edward Ananian-Cooper led a cast of young professionals, combined with students of Metropolia music school and the Sibelius Academy.
In the role of Orpheus, Juho Punkeri cemented his position as the leading Monteverdi tenor in Finland today. On stage were also a large dance group, and the performance marked the first outing of the Helsinki Monteverdi Orchestra, a period ensemble of rare and exciting baroque instruments from Monteverdi’s time.
Performances were on 3.6 and 5.6.2015 in the main hall of Helsinki Conservatory in Ruoholahti, and were well received by audiences and critics alike.
Production was supported by City of Helsinki Cultural Office grant.
See the programme booklet here.
Photos: Pasi Klemetti