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After their critically acclaimed debut production of “Don Giovanni” in 2016 and “The Marriage of Figaro” in 2017, Eternity Opera is returning with a concert performance of Monteverdi’s 1607 opera Orfeo. 

Based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, this opera tells the story of Orpheo’s descent to the underworld and his fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living. Now over 400 years old, “Orfeo” has lost none of its beauty and power and is a milestone in the evolution of opera. Performed in English by a lineup of top New Zealand singers, this will be conducted by Simon Romanos, with support from the Eternity Chamber Orchestra, led by former NZ String Quartet violinist Doug Beilman.

By Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) - An opera in five acts. Libretto by Alessandro Striggio. Sung in English. Conductor: Simon Romanos. Producers: Minto Fung and Emma Beale


  • Saturday 4 August, 7.30pm

Prices (service fees apply):

  • A Reserve - Single $60.00; Concession $50.00
  • B Reserve - Single $45.00; Concession $35.00
  • C Reserve - Single $35.00; No concession rate. 

Group discount of $10 off per ticket, for 8 or more tickets purchased together in one booking to one performance in either A or B Reserve seats.

Concession prices are available to: Senior 65+ years, Student with ID, or Child 12 years and under. 

Performance length: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes (incl. interval). Latecomers will be seated when appropriate. Tickets are for allocated seating.


ABOUT Eternity OpeRA

Eternity Opera Company brings opera productions to Wellington audiences that can be enjoyed by everyone – from opera fans to first timers. The company’s aim is to stage productions that are exciting and accessible to everyone. The productions are sung in English and reasonably priced; while keeping the quintessential things that makes opera great: talented singers, a top notch orchestra and beautiful set designs and costumes.

Eternity Opera’s productions also serve to support the many talented singers and musicians in the Wellington region, providing further opportunities to showcase their talent. The company’s first two productions in 2016 and 2017, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, were greeted by great critical and public acclaim. In 2018, the company is expanding to two productions and looks forward to an exciting operatic year ahead.

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About Orfeo 

Sometimes referred to as La favola d'Orfeo, this opera by Claudio Monteverdi is based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, and tells the story of his descent to Hades and his fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living world. It was written in 1607 for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua. It is argued that Orfeo is the earliest opera written that is still regularly performed.

By the early 17th century the traditional intermedio, (a musical sequence between the acts of a straight play), was evolving into the form of a complete musical drama or "opera". Monteverdi's L'Orfeo moved this process out of its experimental era and provided the first fully developed example of the new genre. After its initial performance the work was staged again in Mantua, and possibly in other Italian centres in the next few years. Its score was published by Monteverdi in 1609 and again in 1615. After the composer's death in 1643 the opera went unperformed for many years, and was largely forgotten until a revival of interest in the late 19th century led to a spate of modern editions and performances. At first these performances tended to be concert (unstaged) versions within institutes and music societies, but following the first modern dramatised performance in Paris, in 1911, the work began to be seen in theatres. After the Second World War many recordings were issued, and the opera was increasingly staged in opera houses.