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Monteverdi's Opera L'Orfeo To Be Performed May 1-2
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-559

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593



-- Hailed as a Groundbreaking Work that Blends Music and Poetry,
The Opera Will be Performed on Recreations of Period Instruments --

FLUSHING, NY, April 22, 2009 –When Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo premiered in 1607, it was the beginning of the Baroque period in music when opera was an entirely new genre. Monteverdi’s work was considered groundbreaking because it exceeded all contemporary attempts to revive the ideal of ancient Greek drama by successfully uniting music and poetry. On May 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm, the Aaron Copland School of Music will present two fully staged performances of this seminal work in LeFrak Concert Hall. A joint production of the music school’s opera studio and choir, it will be directed by the opera studio’s David Ronis and conducted by James John, who leads the choir.

The story recounts the timeless myth of Orpheus, the legendary musician who could delight even inanimate objects with song. Upon losing Eurydice, his true love, Orpheus embarks on a journey to the underworld to rescue her. He charms the gods of Hades with his lyre and is granted his wish on one condition: He must not look back at Eurydice as he leads her out of the depths. Overcome by doubt and unable to resist the temptation, Orpheus looks back and loses his beloved forever.

L’Orfeo will be performed with recreations of musical instruments thought to have been used in the 1600s. The orchestra, an eclectic mix of music school faculty, students and guest performers, will feature renowned Baroque harpist Christa Patton, who is most noted for her work with the early music ensemble Piffaro.


Tickets are $15, $12 for students with a valid Queens College ID. They may be purchased at the Kupferberg Center Box Office, online at or by calling the box office at (718) 793-8080.



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