Musica Antica present Orfeo Dolente – 18 Sept 2021

Musica Antica Rotherhithe present the first staging of Belli’s masterpiece in miniature since its premiere in Florence in 1616, alongside music by his contemporary Claudio Monteverdi, and Monteverdi’s student, Francesco Cavalli. 


Saturday 18th September 2021, 7.30pm

Dumka’s history spans almost two and a half centuries from end of 18th century to our days. This nostalgic genre is making a major comeback to the concert venues in Russia and across the world through the Russian community and it is much welcomed in Great Britain too

Musica Antica Rotherhithe present the first staging of Belli’s opera since its premiere in Florence in 1616. Written when opera as an art form was still in its infancy, it shows the New Music of the early Baroque at its most experimental, expressive and emotionally powerful.

Lasting under 1 hour, it also makes the perfect introduction to music of this period for those new to early opera. Belli’s opera will be accompanied by music by his contemporary Claudio Monteverdi, and Monteverdi’s student and most prolific composer of opera of the 17th Century, Francesco Cavalli.

A bar selling cream teas, wine, beer and home-infused gin cocktails will operate during the interval and after the performance.


Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643):

  • Prologue to Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria

Francesco Cavalli (1602 – 1676):

  • Act I Scenes I-II from L’Ercole Amante
  • Ecco l’idolo mio from L’Elena
  • Uscitemi dal cor from L’Erismena
  • Mia speranza from L’Elena
  • Un talamo ed un letto from L’Ormindo
  • Mia vita, mio bene from Il Ciro


Domenico Belli (d. 1627):

  • Orfeo Dolente with madrigals from Monteverdi’s Terzo Libro dei Madrigali

Musica Antica

  • Jessica Eucker, soprano
  • Camilla Seale, mezzo-soprano
  • Tristram Cooke, countertenor
  • Oliver Doyle, tenor & harpsichord
  • Joachim Sabbat, bass
  • Ilana Cravitz & Maxim Del Mar, violin
  • Harry Buckoke, viola da gamba
  • Peter Martin, theorbo

About Mvsica Antica Rotherhithe

Musica Antica Rotherhithe was founded in 2016 by local musicians Oliver Doyle and Jessica Eucker, with the aim of bringing regular performances of Early Music to SE16.

While specialising in the performance of 17th Century chamber music, their repertoire extends into opera, and to the works of composers writing in the High-Late Middle Ages, often overlooked in programmes today

The concert will take place at the Holy Trinity Church in Rotherhithe. As ever, Home-infused Gins, wine and beer will be available before the performance and during the interval, the proceeds of which support Holy Trinity Church, Rotherhithe

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