Originally Posted by Sandwlch
Surprised no one has given the thumbs up to OTC's Orfeo.
After some dodgy productions lately, it is their best job for some years (since the various Handel 3-4 years ago).
The staging was excellent, dynamic and good looking, the cast of young singers all did well, and best, the band of period instruments (except the unpleasant sounding smallest keybord one - I dont know its name but it spoiled the music a bit for me whenever it was used). And, previously unknown to me, the splendid music of Monteverdi. Despite its antiquity and relative rarity, I would think more easily accessible to the occasional opera listener than Handel for example. A very good choice by OTC.
Only a few dates left, but try not to miss out on a treat, and support good opera work in Ireland when it is there.
I agree - I thought they did brilliantly in Tallaght on Tuesday night. A wonderful performance by both singers and instrumentalists, and an excellent translation. Normally I'm not terribly fond of operas in English, since they lack something for me, but I thought whoever worked on l'Orfeo did a magnificent job.
The keyboard instrument you're thinking of is called a Regal. It's a small, portable, brass-reed organ. It hasn't got the most beautiful of sounds, admittedly, but they were quite popular in the Renaissance and Early Baroque period to which Montiverdi belonged