exactly 400 years ago ….

It was in Mantua Italy, in the accademia degl’Invaghiti where the first performance of L’ Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi was given. And tonight, exactly 400 years later, we went to the concertgebouw here in Bruges to hear that Opera performed by Concerto Italiano conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini and ad the following singers: Furio Zanasi, Anna Simboli, Sara Mingardo, Sergio Foresti, Monica Piccinini, Antonio Abete, Luca Dordolo, Raffaele Giordani, Gianluca Ferrarini and Marco Scavazza. Opera would not be opera without Monteverdi and after hearing and seeing L’Incoronazione di Poppea a couple of years ago, we got tickets for good seats and we certainly do not regret it. What a tragic story and how vicious those gods…. I will certainly remember Furio Zanasi as Orfeo. The emotional impact of the intervention by Sara Mingardo where in Act 2 she informs Orfeo of the death of Euridice was overwhelming (and that is an understatement!) You can read about Orfeo’s tragic story here and for the real musicians take a peak at the score here