"This new production of L'Orfeo illustrates exactly why Apollo's Fire's reputation has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last decade."

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Early Music
Apollo's Fire—The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Monteverdi's L'Orfeo
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor and harpsichord
Karim Sulayman, Orfeo
Erica Schuller, Euridice

Cleveland's dynamic period-music ensemble Apollo's Fire returns with a semi-staged production of Monteverdi's beloved and timeless L'Orfeo. Director Jeannette Sorrell leads her superb instrumentalists and vocalists on a dramatic journey to Hades and back, following the mythic Orpheus on his tragic mission—including a reconstruction of the work's original ending, in which our hero perishes at the hands of Bacchus' followers. "Monteverdi's Orfeo was a triumph for Jeannette Sorrell, showing us new dimensions of her genius" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Approximate run time: 2 hours including intermission.

Public Events

Pre-performance Talk
Fri, Apr 20, 2018, 7pm
Zellerbach Hall

With musicologist, musician, and scholar Thomas Forrest Kelly, Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University.

Free to ticket holders.

Donor Benefits

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Fri, Apr 20, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)

Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email donate@calperformances.org.

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]