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. Their reviews have been very positive: “the full bodied sound produced with both strength and flexibility, the organic rhythm and intoxicating phrasing”.
An array of acclaimed recordings have 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. ERATO is now their exclusive label; this collaboration started in earnest with the much praised recording: Heroes from the Shadows has been acclaimed in the press with a Diapason d’Or, Melὀmano de Oro and Editor’s Choice from Gramophone. Their latest release with ERATO, Quella Fiamma, is dedicated to ‘Arie Antiche’, a collection of Italian arias, restored here in their original arrangement.
The ensemble 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 France, the ensemble has performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Philharmonie, Opéra-Théâtre in Bordeaux, Opéra in Monte-Carlo and Arsenal in Metz, where it was resident from 2010 to 2015.
Highlights in 2018 include Orfeo 55’s debut at La Seine Musicale to present their Quella Fiamma recording, followed by their first tour in Asia (China, Hong Kong and Japan) in May and a tour of both France and Germany in June with Swedish soprano, Camilla Tilling, for their Duello Amoroso programme. The ensemble is now also resident for the next three seasons at the Montpellier Opera House, where it will be presenting no less than 9 different programmes, including a full production of opera.
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 and Sonia Yoncheva.