ROBERT HUGILL experiences
Stephen Oliver's 'Euridice'
Stephen Oliver would have been sixty this year, but few of his forty odd operas seem to have been dusted off for performance to celebrate. So it was very welcome to find British Youth Opera performing Oliver's opera Euridice as part of its autumn season at London's Peacock Theatre (seen 8 September 2010). Strictly, though, Euridice is only partly Oliver's opera; he took Jacopo Peri's seventeenth century opera Euridice and gave it an entirely new accompaniment.
Jacopo Peri (composer) and Ottavio Rinuccini (librettist) composed Euridice to celebrate the wedding of Henri IV of France and Maria de'Medici in 1600. Peri himself sang the role of Orfeo...
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