9:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Silent Opera: What It's Like To (Not) Hear Monteverdi's L'Orfeo

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While opera is best known for soaring arias and large-scale dramatic stage productions, one company is scaling things down by eliminating the 120 member orchestra and taking opera into tighter spaces. Taking a page out of the silent disco movement, where attendees wear wireless headphones to hear the music from a DJ, audience members get the full Monteverdi score straight to their ears.
A new English version of Monteverdi's Italian opera L'Orfeo is set to open in London - but audience members should expect a very different experience.