Xavier BISARO, Orfeo from Mantua to Paris: Itineraries of the court opera in the 17th century

Questioning in many ways the role of man, of speech and of song in the creation, Orfeo occupies a central position in the European culture of the early 17th century. This mythological figure nevertheless experiences notable differences of interpretation: on the literary as well as musical plane, the Orfeo's given in Mantua (1607) and Paris (1647) testify to an artistic diversity that can be elucidated through a questioning of the context of their creation.