Since its inception in 2009, Orfeo 55 has performed worldwide under the baton of Nathalie Stutzmann in a variety of programmes, in which the voice has a primary role.
Their repertoire has developed into a wide range of works including all the well-known arias and instrumental pieces by Baroque composers such as Vivaldi, Handel and Bach, which the group interprets on period instruments, as well as masterpieces from a more recent period by Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg.
Such interpretations are consistently acclaimed by critics: “the fullbodied sound produced with both strength and flexibility, the organic rhythm and intoxicating phrasing”.
An array of acclaimed recordings has been released, first under the Deutsche Grammophon label with two titles: Prima Donna is a collection of Vivaldi’s arias for contralto and ensemble and Une Cantate Imaginaire celebrates Bach with a selection of his most notable arias. They now record exclusively for ERATO, a collaboration which commenced with Heroes from the Shadows, a disc highly acclaimed in the press with a Diapason d’Or, Melὀmano de Oro and Editor’s Choice from Gramophone, Quella Fiamma, dedicated to ‘Arie Antiche’, a collection of Italian arias, restored here in their original arrangement. Their forthcoming release, ‘Contraltos’, will concentrate on the relationship between composers and singers for Vivaldi and his contemporaries.
Orfeo 55 has been invited to the most prestigious festivals and concert halls in Europe including the Salzbourg, Verbier, Hallé, Saint-Denis and Lausanne (Bach) festivals as well as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Wigmore Hall in London, Palau de la Musica in Valencia and Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. In May 2018, Orfeo 55 underwent their first tour in Asia (China, Hong Kong and Japan) to great acclaim. In France, the ensemble has performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Seine Musicale, Philharmonie de Paris, Opéra-Théâtre in Bordeaux, Opéra in Monte-Carlo, Arsenal in Metz, where it was resident from 2010 to 2015, and the Montpellier Opera, where the three-
year residence will culminate in the full production of Haendel’s opera, ll Trionfo del Tempo in February 2020. 2019 will also see the ensemble perform at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Festival de Sablé.
A stellar line-up of international soloists has been performing with the ensemble at the invitation of Nathalie Stutzmann, including Magdalena Kožená, Philippe Jaroussky, Renaud Capuçon, Sonya Yoncheva, Camilla Tilling and Siobhan Stagg.