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ORPHEUS oder DIE WUNDERBARE BESTÄNDIGKEIT DER LIEBE
(Orpheus or The Wonderful Constancy of Love)

Georg Philipp Telemann
1681 - 1767
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Georg Philipp Telemann after a tragedy by Michel Du Boullay
World premiere, in concert, on March 9th 1726, Theater am Gänsemarkt, Hamburg
Edition: Peter Huth
First ever performance in Frankfurt
Sung in German, Italian and French with German surtitles

About the piece

A woman, rejected and hungry for revenge, interfers with mythology. Telemann’s opera tells of the distructive power of love from her point of view. The myth of Orpheus is one of the best loved stories in literary and operatic history, at its centre the power of music and love between Orpheus and Eurydike. But the real main character, in this opera, is Orasia, Queen of Trace who is in love with Orpheus. There is no happy end - Telemann bans all three to the underworld. The music is sensitive with a surprising mix of genre, languages and styles.
    Telemann’s astute planning saved operatic culture in Hamburg in the 1720s. Under his leadership the so-called Gänsemarkt (Goose Market) Theater became Germany’s operatic metropolis, with audiences demanding the best of what European culture had to offer: French ballet as well as Italian arias – which naturally brought national styles and other languages with them, something Telemann mirrored in his works, a synthesis of national styles. His Orpheus was unfairly described as a pastiche because it included some well known passages from Handel and Lully operas. But it was more than that, it was a brave experiment that broke musical and dramaturgical boundaries. Telemann combined his own, strongly protestant, cantata forms with the sensuality of Italian opera and the courtly glamour of France.
Performances

Friday 06.06.2014 19:30 h

Further performances

Bockenheimer Depot

Pre-booking and Pricing

Cast

Conductor
Titus Engel
Director
Florentine Klepper
Set and Costume Designer
Adriane Westerbarkey
Lighting Designer
Jan Hartmann
Dramaturge
Zsolt Horpácsy
Konzertchor Darmstadt
Wolfgang Seeliger

Orasia
Elizabeth Reiter
Orpheus
Sebastian Geyer
Eurydike
Katharina Ruckgaber
Cephisa
Maren Favela
Eurimedes
Julian Prégardien
Pluto
Vuyani Mlinde
Ascalax
Dmitry Egorov

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