OP0476. LA MORTE D'ORFEO (Stefano Landi), w. Stephen Stubbs Cond. John Elwes, Johanna Koslowsky, David Cordier, Michael Chance, etc. (France) 2-Accent 8746/47, w.Libretto in Italian. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy!
“In this opera, the story of Orpheus is continued where Monteverdi left off. The tragi-comic pastorale LA MORTE D’ORFEO by Stefano Landi (1590-1639) is a far less well-known work on the Orpheus theme, but gives a deeper insight into the real meaning of the Orphean myth. Stefano Landi (Rome, 1587-1639) wrote the operas LA MORTE D’ORFEO (c.1619) and IL SANT’ALESSIO (1632), as well as masses, psalms, madrigals and arias. He was maestro di cappella in Padua and Rome, and later a singer in the Sistine Chapel. LA MORTE D’ORFEO is regarded as the first Roman-style secular opera and is considered a milestone in the development of the genre opera as a whole. The substantial ensemble numbers are typical of the Roman opera style, as are the prominent roles for gods, shepherds, and magical creatures. Each of the five acts closes with a finale, comprised of choruses alternating with solos, duets or terzets, with the imposing ‘Fortunato semideo’ as the apotheosis.”
- Dutch National Opera