Orfeo ed Euridice (L’anima del filosofo)

Joseph Haydn

DRAMMA PER MUSICA IN FOUR ACTS

Libretto by Carlo Francesco Bandini

Concert performance


The operatic œuvre of Joseph Haydn is crowned and ended by a work as fascinating as it is enigmatic. L’anima del filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice recounts the original myth of the singer Orpheus who defies the gods and rescues his dead beloved Eurydice from the Underworld with his song. The opera, along with the London symphonies written at the same time, show Haydn at the very peak of his creative powers. The premiere was scheduled for 1791 in London but was cancelled, and Haydn left the work unfinished. Ádám Fischer, a longstanding champion of Haydn’s music, now conducts this late masterpiece.


In Italian with German surtitles


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