Let’s face it, sequels can often be let downs. When it comes to what makes interesting theatre, however, Dutch National Opera’s Pierre Audi knows a thing or two. Choosing Stefano Landi’s La Morte d’Orfeo (1619) as his outgoing production after 30 years at the helm of one of Europe’s most consistently compelling opera houses was a bold bit of programming, but in this eminently watchable 2018 staging, with sumptuous musical support from Christophe Rousset and his Les Talens Lyriques, Landi’s historical footnote emerges as a worthy successor to Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo .

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