On Tuesday a new production of Monteverdi’s opera “L’Orfeo” will premiere at Hebbel am Ufer theater. The main character Orfeo will be played by Peaches, who will have her second appearance in an opera at HAU after her auto-biographical play ”Peaches Does Herself”. But while PDH was a pretty campy material battle with the format of a revue, the “Orfeo” production directed by Daniel Cremer seems to have the same rather minimalist approach – at least that’s what the very promising preview video suggests, that was just released and that I posted below. The clip documents the work of Olof Boman, the conductor of the opera, which by the way is performed completely in Italian (German subtitles)
“L’Orfeo” was one of the first operas ever written, it’s from the early 17th century and focusses on the life of Orpheus, singer of Greek myths, who charms all living things with his singing and tries to save his wife from the underworld. According to the introduction text on the website, the HAU production will especially emphasize questions of gender and sexuality in the play, building up a “queer-emancipatory utopia against the paralyzing presence of death”. Peaches will sing alongside six Opera singers and the musicians of the Kaleidoscope Soloists ensemble. For tickets and more information please visit the HAU website – I just checked, a few tickets are still left.