Orfeo traversing the Ganges !

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What can be better than music to get India and the West together ? And that is exactly what this unique production “Orfeo” is attempting to do as it is designed for both, the Indian as well as Western audience.

The painting of Orpheus and Eurydice by Sir Edward John Poynter

The painting of Orpheus and Eurydice by Sir Edward John Poynter

The Orfeo production, co-produced by Akadêmia, The Neemrana Music Foundation and Cité de la Musique, in Paris, leads us to discover Indian culture, with our heart, eyes and ears wide open and to confront our respective approaches to the first opera in musical history. This creation is beyond the narration of an absolute love, broadening the awareness of our cultures without giving in to the temptation of fusion and enriching our reciprocal knowledge.
The theme of the opera, The Myth of Orpheus explores Universal themes of love, longing, death and the mystery of the beyond through the inspiring love story of Orpheus and Eurydice which is a perfect example of Greek and Hindu mythology, blending to form a more flamboyant global cultural tapestry.

The ensemble Akadêmia

The ensemble Akadêmia

This production is brought to India by Orfeo, an Indo-French creation that is built on a reciprocal understanding between occidental and Indian cultures. It merges the magic of the opera of Monteverdi, enriched by moving Indian music and dance. It is co-produced by Akadêmia which is one of the most active independent European ensembles which is renowned for its commitment to introducing a wide range of audiences to its repertory and to facilitating the early career of young professional musicians. This ensemble recreates the major vocal and instrumental works of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that has recently met with wide scale appreciation. It receives support from the Région Champagne-Ardenne.
Besides the participation of the Neemrana Vocal Ensemble in the opera, Akadêmia will invite a young Indian choir leader, to follow the rehearsals. Accompanied by solo singers and instrumentalists, Françoise Lasserre, the founder of Akadêmia, will hold three baroque music training sessions for the members of the Neemrana Vocal Ensemble. For this ambitious and innovative project, the preparation took over two years in France and Delhi. The final production involves 50 artistes, including 10 solo singers, 8 Indian instrumentalists, 18 instrumentalists of Akadêmia, the Neemrana Vocal Ensemble and India choir. It will most certainly be a grand musical extravaganza.

Schedule:
25th-27th September, 2013, Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi, 110 001
5th October, 2013 / Cité de la Musique – Paris.

 

Co-produced by: Akadêmia, The Neemrana Music Foundation, Cité de la Musique, Paris

With the support of: Région Champagne-Ardenne, French Embassy / Institut français en Inde ,  Indian Council for Cultural, Relations Mécénat Musicale Société Générale,  Neemrana Hotels

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