15 Apr 2006

Beneath the underworld


monteverdi_small.jpgBy David Jays [Financial Times, 14 April 2006]

This weekend, English National Opera premieres a new production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, the first real opera, at the London Coliseum. A 400-year-old chamber piece originally written for an Italian ducal palace must fill the largest theatre in London. It’s a big event - for the ENO and for all those involved. So what happens in the run-up to the opening night? How does the creative team communicate such an old piece to a contemporary audience and how do an incomplete score and the director’s imagination reach the stage?