Monteverdi - ORPHEUS
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Monteverdi - ORPHEUS
01 January 2017 at 17h00 CET
Duration: 01:52:50"

Monteverdi - ORPHEUS

Baroque opera

The song of Orpheus not only moves men and beasts but also nature as well. And it almost overcomes death. Monteverdi’s musical fable becomes, thanks to visionary director Barrie Kosky and composer Elena Kats-Chernin, an explosion of sensuality.

With music for protection, Orpheus goes on a perilous journey and heads to the underworld, hoping to win back his deceased beloved. The fatal love of Orpheus and Eurydice has fascinated artists and writers alike for thousands of years. It’s no wonder that one of the world’s very first successful operas deals with the tale of the Thracian singer.



Love and music are inextricably interwoven with one another: is it Orpheus’s love for Eurydice that moves the god of the underworld, or is it his captivating lament? Is it a love beyond comparison that has Orpheus fail on his way back to the surface or can’t he bear the silence of a world without music?

Barrie Kosky‘s colourful production of Claudio Monteverdi’s ORPHEUS starts as a frolicsome feast of music and love in the paradise of Arcadia, telling the story of Orpheus’s journey to the underworld and his quest to find himself. ‘Colourful’ is also the word that best describes the new instrumentation by Uzbek-Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin that brings out the timeless modernity of Monteverdi’s score, four hundred years after its initial composition.


Dominik Köninger - Orpheus
Julia Novikova - Eurydice
Peter Renz - Amor
Theresa Kronthaler - Sylvia, Proserpina
Alexey Antonov - Pluto
Stefan Sevenich - Charon
Frank Soehnle - Puppets of Orpheus and Eurydice
Choir - Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin
Orchestra - Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin
Composers - Claudio Monteverdi, Elena Kats-Chernin
Libretto - Alessandro Striggio
Music director - André de Ridder
Director - Barrie Kosky
Choir director - David Cavelius
Sets - Katrin Lea Tag
Lighting - Alexander Koppelmann
Costumes - Katharina Tasch
Choreography - Otto Pichler
Dramaturge - Ulrich Lenz
Photos - Iko Freese (

Available until

30 June 2017 at 23h59 CET
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The Opera Platform presents Monteverdi - ORPHEUS from Komische Oper Berlin. Starting 01 January 2017 at 17h00 CET, the opera will be available as video on demand.


This opera is a full-length performance offered in addition to our regular programme. Subtitles in six languages will not be provided.