L'Orfeo, SV 318

L'Orfeo, SV 318 sometimes called La favola d'Orfeo, is a late Renaissance/early Baroque opera, by Claudio Monteverdi, with libretto by Alessandro Striggio. It is based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, and tells the story of his descent to Hades and his fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living world. It was written in 1607 for a court performance. While the honour of the first ever opera goes to Jacopo Peri's Dafne, and the earliest surviving opera is Euridice (also by Peri), L ... more

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Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi was an Italian composer, gambist, and singer. Monteverdi's work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the transition from the Renaissance style ...