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MA students praised by 'The Times' for performances in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo

Posted on 30 July 2019

The London and York productions gained many positive reviews

Early Music Ensemble I Fagiolini (director Robert Hollingworth, Reader in Music at the University), recently gave three performances of Monteverdi's great opera, L'Orfeo (1607) at LSO St Lukes, London and for the York Early Music Festival.

The ensemble was boosted by nine students from Hollingworth's MA in Solo Voice Ensemble Singing who sang chorus. Unusually the production used puppets and masks to tell the story. 'The Times' noted the 'world-class Monteverdi experts of Robert Hollingworth's I Fagiolini… alongside a superbly trained chorus drawn from students at the University of York." Read the full review.

'Seen and Heard international reported, "Astonishingly, the chorus consisted of nine students from the University of York. Coached by Hollingworth, they mastered the style, sang beautifully and realised Guthrie’s stage directions (including the manipulation of masks) at the highest artistic level."

Further reviews in The Stage and York Press.