Caccini: L’Euridice: Concerto Italiano/Alessandrini – review

Rinaldo Alessandrini and the Concerto Italiano

Andrew Clements writes: No one would dispute that the first operatic masterpiece was Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, which was first performed in Mantua in 1607. But establishing what should be regarded as the very first opera of all, who composed it, and what that work consisted of, is much less straightforward. It is hard to pinpoint precisely just where the intermedi – the musical and theatrical entertainments that were performed between the acts of plays in Italian courts on special occasions – left off, and where opera as a dramatic form in its own right took over. But it's generally agreed that ............

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/20/caccini-leuridice-concerto-italiano-review