Arias and duets from operas by Antonio Sartorio, Claudio Monteverdi and Luigi Rossi

Geneva, Victoria Hall — Main Hall

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With the publication three years ago of the album La storia di Orfeo, Philippe Jaroussky fulfilled a long‐held dream, that of telling the myth of Orpheus through the music of three versions by Baroque musicians who had composed on this theme: Claudio Monteverdi in 1607, Luigi Rossi in 1647 and Antonio Sartorio in 1672. This original journey in the Orphic Lands, in which Philippe Jaroussky plays Orfeo, opposite Emőke Baráth as Eurydice, and the complicity of the musicians of the Artaserse Ensemble, takes the form of both a two‐voice cantata and a miniature opera. “Each opera develops a part of the story: Sartorio and Rossi evoke the happiness of young lovers and the scene of the snake's bite Monteverdi focuses on Eurydice's quest to the underworld, culminating in an aria unique in the history of opera, the magical 'Possente spirto',' says the countertenor. After Erato's album, unanimously acclaimed by the press, here they are together on stage to bring the myth to life.

Sartorio L’Orfeo : Sinfonia, « Cara e amabile catena »
Monteverdi L’Orfeo : « Rosa del Ciel… Io non diro »
Marini Sonate per ogni sorte di stromento musicale op. 22 : Passacaille
Rossi L’Orfeo : « Mio ben, teco il tormento », « Che dolcezza » — Sinfonia
Monteverdi L’Orfeo : « Vi ricorda o boschi ombrose »
Rossi L’Orfeo : « M’ami tu? », « Al imperio d’amore »
Sartorio L’Orfeo : « Ahimè, Numi, son morta »
Rossi L’Orfeo : « Lagrime, dove sete? »
Sartorio L’Orfeo : « È morta Euridice » — Sinfonia
L’Orfeo : « Orfeo tu dormi? »
Monteverdi Sinfonia — L’Orfeo : « Possente spirto »
Sartorio L’Orfeo : « Numi, che veggio», « Chiuso, ahimè, di Cocito… Rendetemi Euridice »
Rossi L’Orfeo : « Lasciate Averno »

Artists

Ensemble Artaserse (Orchestra)

Jaroussky, Philippe (Countertenor)

Unsurprisingly, it is in the music of the Baroque era – the heyday of the castrato – that French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky has captured the attention of music‐lovers lovers around the world. The ethereal, but sensuous beauty of his voice, his virtuosity and his sense of style have brought him critical praise, a number of major awards – including, in 2008, Germany’s prestigious Echo‐Klassik prize for Male Singer of the Year, honouring his Virgin Classics album, Carestini: The Story of a Castrato.

Barath, Emöke (Soprano)

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Victoria Hall, Rue du Général‐Dufour 14, Geneva, Switzerland — Google Maps

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