Love and suffering at the origins of opera

How could a masterpiece like Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo come into being? Fascinated by the 16th century as a pivotal period in the genesis of opera, Pichon and Castellucci hark back to the creativity and freedom of experimentation that were so prevalent in Florence at the time. Wondering why there was such a need for opera then, they investigate the urgency of this art form today.

Inspired by the active collaboration and co-creation of the Renaissance composers, the work by the Florentine composers is brought into dialogue with contemporary music by Scott Gibbons. Using original and newly developed instruments, Raphaël Pichon and his Ensemble Pygmalion give a musical answer to the question ‘How can the 16th century sound today?’