Mastering Monteverdi’s Orfeo

David Vickers speaks to Andrew Parrott on the 40th anniversary of the Taverner Consort and Players.

You’ve conducted a lot of opera around the world, but you haven’t recorded many. The Taverner Consort and Players made two different recordings of Dido and Aeneas, and then there’s a famous recording of the Florentine intermedi performed at a Medici wedding in 1589. But this is the first time the group has tackled something commonly regarded as one of the great full-scale Baroque operas in the studio. Has the experience of conducting Handel, Mozart and Gluck operas at Opera Atelier, Drottningholm and Göttingen fed into your approach to Monteverdi’s Orfeo?

I’m happy to say no, not at all! I feel it’s completely separate, and .....

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