Orpheus goes East in Leeds

Published: 21 July 2022
Reporter: David Upton

Jasdeep Singh Degun Credit: Justin Slee

A ground-breaking staging of Monteverdi’s opera Orpheus is set to open at Opera North in Leeds this October, before touring northern theatres alongside Verdi’s La traviata, and concerts of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.

Orpheus, a reimagining of one of the earliest surviving operas, Monteverdi’s 1607 work L’Orfeo, weaves a tapestry from western and Indian classical music. The new version will feature additional composition and arrangements by Jasdeep Singh Degun. The opera will be sung in Italian and Urdu, with additional sections in Hindi, Tamil, Malayam, Punjabi and Bengali. There will be English titles at all performances.

Opera North’s autumn season also includes a revival of one of Verdi’s most popular operas besides Orfeo ed Euridice.