Orpheus

Monteverdi Reimagined

14 October – 19 November 2022

Dates & venues

Journey to another world of love and music

The wedding of the year is here as Orpheus, the musician of mythical power, marries graceful Eurydice. When the newlyweds’ joy is shattered by the sudden death of Eurydice, our heartbroken hero sets off on a mission to the underworld to rescue his bride, certain that his love will overcome adversity. Can Orpheus conquer fate, or will his heart be broken for a second time?

This adventurous new production of an ancient tragedy is told through a meeting of the worlds of Indian and western baroque classical music. The bowed strings of the violin and the tar shehnai, the hammered strings of the santoor, the plucked strings of the harpsichord and sitar, and the rhythms of the tabla shape a unique and beautiful musical encounter between East and West.

Music Directors Jasdeep Singh Degun and Laurence Cummings weave together their respective traditions of Indian classical and western early music, joined by an exciting cast including Ashnaa Sasikaran and Nicholas Watts.

In collaboration with South Asian Arts-uk.

Price
From £15*
Venues
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays

Start time
7pm

Matinee performance
2.30pm, Saturday 22 October 2022

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Language
Italian and Urdu, with English Titles
Also featuring Malayalam, Bengali, and Punjabi

Accessibility
Audio described performances

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Trailer

Cast

Amy Freston

Music

Deepa Nair Rasiya

Music

Nicholas Watts has a short beard and is wearing a dark suit.
Nicholas Watts

Orpheus

A woman singing into a microphone. She has long dark hair and is wearing jewellery around her neck and on her forehead.
Ashnaa Sasikaran

Eurydice

Kezia Bienek

The Messenger

Yarlinie Thanabalasingam

Hope

A man with a beard and wearing a black turban.
Kaviraj Singh

Charon

Dean Robinson

Pluto / Shepherd

Chandra Chakraborty

Proserpine

A man with a beard and wearing a turban. He is holding a Tar-Shehnai against his shoulder.
Kirpal Singh Panesar

Apollo

Frances Gregory

Spirit

Claire Lees

Spirit

Sanchita Pal

Nymph

Chiranjeeb Chakraborty

Shepherd

Simon Grange

Shepherd

Xavier Hetherington

Shepherd

Vijay Rajput

Shepherd

Ensemble includes:

Lirone Emilia Benjamin
Theorbo Sergio Bucheli
Tabla Shahbaz Hussain
Esraj/Tar Shehnai Kirpal Singh Panesar
Mridangam/Ghatam/Kanjira/Konakol Prakash Ramachandra
Santoor Kaviraj Singh
Flute/Bansuri/Murali/Violin/Viola Vijay Venkat

Creative team:

Music Director & Harpsichord Laurence Cummings
Music Director & Sitar Jasdeep Singh Degun
Additional composition and arrangement Jasdeep Singh Degun
Assistant Conductor & Harpsichord Ashok Gupta
Indian music and artistic consultant Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE
Director Anna Himali Howard
Set and Costume Designer Leslie Travers
Lighting Designer Jackie Shemesh
Sound Designer Camilo Tirado
Translation – Hindi & Urdu Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE & Shahbaz Hussain
Additional translation Chandra Chakraborty, Amarjit Dhami, Supriya Nagarajan, Deepa Nair Rasiya, Yarlinie Thanabalasingam
Associate Director Simone Ibbett-Brown

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