Iván Fischer, founder and music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, has recomposed the ending of Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo. In this seminar, Iván explains his reasons and why he thinks this opera failed to revive the Ancient Greek theatre. The renowned scholar of Greek mythology, Carl Kerenyi, wrote:
“Striggio’s final scene contains the essence of the Dionysian festival which combined the tragedy with the satyr play that followed it. But even this combination proved to be unbearable to the 17th Century audience. Monteverdi had to give up his original concept, to present Orpheus as a Dionysian symbol. L’Orfeo was robbed of its tragic meaning. It seemed first that Italian opera would help Greek tragedy to be reborn; for a split second it did, but very soon the opportunity was lost again.”
Iván Fischer says "Let me add my wish: I hope not forever."
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