A new production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, co-produced in an exciting collaboration between Roundhouse and the Royal Opera, opens at The Roundhouse on Tues 13 January, directed by Michael Boyd and conducted by Hazard Chase’s experienced and versatile conductor, Christopher Moulds.
The superb cast includes Hazard Chase artists bass-baritone Callum Thorpe as Pluto and counter-tenor Christopher Lowrey as Third Shepherd / Hope.
Orchestra – Orchestra of the Early Opera Company
Orfeo – Gyula Orendt
Euridice / Echo – Susanna Hurrell
Music / Nymph – Mary Bevan
Persephone – Rachel Kelly
Pluto – Callum Thorpe
Charon – James Platt
Messenger – Susan Bickley
First Shepherd – Anthony Gregory
Second Shepherd / Apollo – Alexander Sprague
Third Shepherd / Hope – Christopher Lowrey
L’Orfeo will be performed in the Roundhouse’s extraordinary Main Space, opening on Tuesday 13 January; further performances on 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24 January. Tickets can be purchased here, and more information about the ROH/Roundhouse collaboration can be found on the Royal Opera House website.
Christopher Moulds will also conduct Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo for Bayerische Staatsoper in July 2015, and has previously conducted the work for Opera North. In March Christopher will conduct Canadian Opera Company’s production of Semele at Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Staatsoper Berlin in Apr-May ’15.
Callum’s recent engagements include La Descente d’Orphée at the Wigmore Hall (Christian Curnyn), Jupiter Platée at St. John’s Smith Square (Early Opera Company, Paul Agnew), bass cover in the world premiere of Shell Shock (Nicholas Lens & Nick Cave) for La Monnaie, Brussels and Messiah at Bath Abbey. Forthcoming highlights include St Matthew Passion at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Gibarian in the world première performances of Fujikura’s Solaris (Paris, Lille & Lausanne) and Valens Theodora at the Théâtre de Champs Elysées. Callum will also make his role debut as Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress in France in the 16/17 season.
Christopher’s upcoming engagements include St John Passion with Boston Baroque, a revival of Gernando Faramondo for the Hobart Baroque Festival in Brisbane, Australia, Tamerlano in Vivaldi’s Bajazet with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, Handel’s Saul (David, cover) with the Glyndebourne Festival, and Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.