Valerio Vontaldo
© Nikola Milatovic


Weitere Einzelheiten  Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643). Porträt von Bernardo Strozzi um 1630 Monteverdi's "Orfeo" is regarded as the birth of opera and tells of the power of music. Michael Hell am Cembalo Michael Hell brings the masterpiece back to life, Portrait Natalia Moro Natalia Moro wraps it in images of sand.


Sand in the land of shadows

In Mantua in 1607, Monteverdi had a tenor with a divine voice sing the love laments of Orpheus and gave his orchestra music powerful enough to transcend death. In the Styriarte’s Orfeo, sand is used to symbolise the realm of shades, where there are no more colours. Sand artist Natalia Moro portays the myth on the big screen in moving images, while entrancing Baroque voices sing arias and choruses, Monteverdi masterpieces.


Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (Favola in Musica, 1607)

Impressions of Natalia Moro's Sand Art for L'Orfeo

Duration: aprox. 2 1/2 hours with a break


Prices: EUR 36 / 72 / 108

U27 (for all under 27) & Ö1 Intro: 50 % reduction
Ö1 Club: 10 % reduction (for July 10, 2024)

Valerio Contaldo


Born in Italy, he initially studied classical guitar before dedicating himself to singing at the Lausanne Conservatory. Our Styriarte visitors have already been able to experience the charismatic tenor at four Fux Opera Festivals. With opera roles and concert roles from Monteverdi to Frank Martin, Valerio Contaldo has delighted audiences from Tokyo to Aix-en-Provence.

Johanna Rosa Falkinger


Trained in Vienna and Linz, her engagements have taken her to the Salzburg Festival, the Wuppertal Opera and the Vienna Burgtheater, among others. This year, the winner of international competitions can be heard with Jordi Savall in Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, but she has also performed with the Concentus Musicus and the Vienna Academy.

Anna Manske


Born in Vienna, the mezzo-soprano is at home on both opera stages and concert platforms and has also been celebrated by our audiences since the Styriarte 2018. Her studies at the Mozarteum and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna were followed by numerous international appearances, for example at the Opéra national de Montpellier, the Vienna Musikverein and the Deutsches Theater Berlin.

Iris Vermillion

Mezzo soprano

Zimmermann's "Die Soldaten" at the Teatro Real in Madrid, "Elektra" at the Vienna State Opera or "Le Grand Macabre" at the Dresden Semperoper: the mezzo-soprano from Bielefeld with her extremely wide-ranging repertoire is in great demand at the most important international opera houses and concert halls.

Wolfgang Bankl


As a sought-after bass-baritone, Wolfgang Bankl has already performed at the most renowned opera houses, for example in Milan, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Paris and at the Vienna State Opera, where he has been a member of the ensemble since 1993. The Vienna-born Kammersänger feels particularly at home in the repertoire of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, whose Baron Ochs he recently gave at no less than five opera houses - including the Semperoper in Dresden and the Graz Opera.

Julian Habermann


Even before his tenth birthday, the tenor, who is now a sought-after tenor throughout Europe, triumphed in the junior competition of the German National Singing Competition. As an interpreter of Bach in particular, the young opera and lieder singer is a guarantee for vocal splendour. He was also a member of the ensemble at the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden until 2022.

Valdemar Villadsen


Valdemar Villadsen's extensive opera repertoire ranges from Cavalli's Apollo to Rossini's Almaviva and contemporary title roles. Since studying at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, the sought-after tenor has worked with renowned conductors and music houses throughout Europe. In addition, the specialist for Bach oratorios regularly takes a seat in the director's chair himself.

Mario Lesiak

Tenor & Arciliuto

Coming from the field of classical guitar, Mario Lesiak discovered the beauty of the lute for himself. His passion for the delicate strings continues to this day and makes it a pleasure to listen to the musician and singer on the Renaissance and archlute.

Dominik Wörner


The brilliantly presented repertoire of German bass-baritone and church musician Dominik Wörner ranges from the Renaissance to modern times. As a sensitive master of large oratorio roles, the Palatinate Bach Prize winner also impresses with his overwhelming dedication to lieder singing.

Ārt House 17


Diving deep into historical music and its history(ies): That is the mission of the young Graz-based ensemble Ārt House 17, for which Michael Hell and Georg Kroneis have brought together some of the best specialists in their field. Their repertoire ranges from Pergolesi to Mozart and Offenbach. The ensemble is currently establishing itself internationally and is celebrating huge successes at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, for example.

Michael Hell

Direction, Harpsichord, Recorder

Michael Hell, born in North Rhine-Westphalia, is a virtuoso on both the recorder and the harpsichord whose reputation extends far beyond his adopted home of Graz. He is also a leading expert in basso continuo and historical performance practice, who knows how to convey the rules and history of his art with infectious enthusiasm.

Natalia Moro

Sand artist

Ukrainian-born artist Natalia Moro is a professional sand artist with many years of international experience. Natalia Moro has worked in theatre, film and advertising as a scenographer and costume designer. Her artworks can be found in private collections in Germany, Austria, Russia and the Ukraine.