Director: Veronika Emily Pohl
Distributor: OperaVision - supported by the European Union's Creative Europe programme & VHV Stiftung
Length: 148 min. | 16:9 | stereo
© 2023, a BFMI production for Staatstheater Hannover
Singing as an expression of life and survival: Hardly any other myth shows this as clearly as the story of Orpheus. And there is hardly any other work that touches the foundations of this human experience as closely as Claudio Monteverdi’s musical version of this myth, which was one of the pieces that helped to invent the genre of opera around the year 1600. Orpheus has powers that elude other humans: When he sings, the animals stop and listen; he can literally melt stone. And he even manages to enter the underworld, this forbidden place that only the dead are allowed in. He has permission to bring back his beloved Eurydice who died in the middle of their wedding preparations. But Orpheus, who was promised every happiness, who had everything and was capable of everything, fails – and has to live on with this failure ...

Director Silvia Costa and her team present the cruel story of a great love in “L’Orfeo”: cruel, because Orpheus cannot get over the death of his beloved, because he longs and yearns for her and loses himself in feedback-loops of loss. In often surreal images, Costa, whose productions and installations are celebrated across Europe, shows the world of cold turkey withdrawal: an enigmatic round-dance of dreams and hallucinations, of colours and symbols. Monteverdi’s sensual early work will be conducted by Baroque-specialist David Bates, who previously brought “Trionfo. Four Last Nights” to splendid life in Hanover.

Favola in musica by Claudio Monteverdi
Libretto by Alessandro Striggio

Luvuyo Mbundu, Orfeo
Nikki Treurniet, La Musica / Euridice
Petra Radulović, Ninfa
Philipp Kapeller, Pastore I / Spirito I
Pawel Brozek, Pastore II / Spirito II
Nils Wanderer, Pastore III / Spirito III
Woo-Jung Kim, Un altro pastore
Nina van Essen, Messageria / Proserpina
Markus Suihkonen / Yannick Spanier, Caronte
Richard Walshe, Plutone
Marco Lee, Apollo
Teodora Fornari, Chiari Viscido,Marianne Besser, dancers

Choir Staatsoper Hannover
Chorus Master: Lorenzo Da Rio
Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover
David Bates / Giulio Cilona, conductor
Extras Staatsoper Hannover
Silvia Costa, stage director & set design
Michele Taborelli, collaboration set design
Gabrielė Bakšytė, artistic collaboration direction
Laura Dondoli, costume design
Bernd Purkrabek, lighting design
Furio Ganz, video
Matthias Brandt, xchange
Martin Mutschler, dramaturge