Orfeo hits festival’s high notes

While Monteverdi may not have invented opera, his Orfeo is unanimously accepted as the first operatic masterpiece.  

While Monteverdi may not have invented opera, his Orfeo is unanimously accepted as the first operatic masterpiece.  

Opera Theatre Comapny (OTC) is delighted to welcome back its founding Artistic Director Ben Barnes, who brings a dynamic new interpretation to the timeless story of Orpheus in the Underworld. After the sell-out success of The Magic Flute in February, the company is delighted to return to the GB Shaw Theatre for one night only on Thursday (June 14) as part of the Eigse Carlow Arts Festival.

Opera Theatre Company – Ireland’s National Touring Opera Company –continues its 26th year with this musically and emotionally compelling work. The company has a leading reputation in the field of baroque operas, and a proven track record having enjoyed full houses and critical acclaim for many previous productions. Sung in English, Monteverdi’s Orfeo displays raw emotions and a bold dramatic force which has the power to enthrall us now as it did for those in Italy who heard it first, 400 years ago. The captivating music is performed by the OTC baroque ensemble, conducted from the keyboard, by Andrew Synnott. Design is by the multi-award-winning Joe Vanek, with lighting by John Comiskey. The authoritative cast includes baroque specialist Oliver Mercer (Orfeo), Irish sopranos Sadhbh Dennedy and Daire Halpin, Karolina Blixt, returning US bass Matthew Treviño (Magic Flute), Peter O’Donohoe, and OTC Young Associate Artists Fearghal Curtis and Padraic Rowan. Orfeo will delight the first time opera-goer and the seasoned fan. Contact 059-9172400 for further details or book online at www.gbshawtheatre.ie.

The show will take place at 8pm at the GB Shaw Theatre. Tickets are priced €20 and €18 and are available on 059 - 917 2400 or online at www.gbshawtheatre.ie