Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in Ancient Rome


Scheduled this summer in the splendid setting of the Roman Theater of Ostia Antica there will be the Carmina Burana, a collection of religious and secular songs discovered in the Benediktbeuern Abbey and composed by itinerant clerics, the so-called goliards or clerical vagantes, from the 12th to the 13th century.
A unique occasion in which the union of choir, pianos, percussion and solo singers, one hundred people on stage, ballet with coreography by Minea De Mattia form a bridge between history
and tradition.

Michel Hofmann helped Orff select and organize twenty-four of those songs in a libretto, mostly in Latin, but also medieval German and old Provençal. The selection took into account various themes: luck, health, love, nature,
the return of spring, love, food, wine...

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