The Roundhouse and the Royal Opera House have joined forces to welcome Michael Boyd to the stage for a much-anticipated theatre production of Monteverdi’s masterpiece L’Orfeo, titled Orfeo. The production tells the story of Orfeo, a man hit by heartache, bitterness, sorrow and the will to fight when his wife comes to sudden death after a snake bite.
The play sees the widowed husband – played by Gyula Orendt – travel through the depths of hell where he’s given the offer of a lifetime his ‘wife’, but like everything in life there’s a condition, he must not look at her until he leaves the depths of the under world, but through widened eyes, he disobeys and loses his wife again. In a bitter rage, he commits suicide to find he’s reunited with his wife temporarily as he passes on into the heavens losing her forever.
With a beautiful yet waitress display of visual art, dance and powerful vocals and a colourful display from the post-graduate students of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and participants of East London Dance, Orfeo is one play not to miss this. The opera will be taking its last stand on the 24th of January and I must say some scenes are not for the faint hearted, so don’t be surprised if you shed a tear or two. For tickets and more information, visit here.