Monteverdi's Orfeo took to the Boston Early Music Festival's stage where the group fused Monteverdi's brainchild with the pleasing choreography of Melinda Sullivan. Telling a tale of love, loss, redemption and tragedy the sad but familiar tale's performance was heralded as an impressive success.
With an enchanting production that was brilliantly choreographed down to the smallest gesture, the Boston Early Music Festival presented its latest successful semi-staged opera, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Saturday evening at Jordan Hall.
Featuring a solid core of versatile singers, top-flight horn and string playing, and a concept that took every advantage of the small stage to enhance the narrative, Orfeo was yet another magical revival by BEMF’s opera team. Under music directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, and directed by Gilbert Blin and choreographer Melinda Sullivan, the artistic team once again set a high standard for the difficult task of bringing opera to life with the sparest of acting.