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

1607 legte Monteverdi in Mantua einem göttlich singenden Tenor die Liebesklagen des Orpheus in den Mund und seinem Orchester die ganze Macht der Töne, um den Tod zu überwinden. Im „Orfeo“ der Styriarte symbolisiert Sand das Reich der Schatten, wo es keine Farben mehr gibt. In bewegten Bildern bannt die Sandkünstlerin Natalia Moro den Mythos auf die Leinwand. Dazu singen hinreißend schöne Barockstimmen die Arien und Chöre von Monteverdis Meisterwerk. Michael Hell lenkt als Dirigent und Cembalist sein farbenprächtiges ĀRT HOUSE-Orchester.


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

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, Valerio Contaldo first studied classical guitar before devoting himself to singing at the Lausanne Conservatory. Our Styriarte visitors have already been able to experience the charismatic tenor at the Fux Festivals in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2023.

Johanna Rosa Falkinger


She studied in Vienna and Linz and her engagements have taken her to the Salzburg Festival, the Wuppertal Opera and the Vienna Burgtheater, among others. The winner of international competitions can also be heard with Jordi Savall at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, with the Concentus Musicus and the Vienna Academy.

Anna Manske


The Vienna-born mezzo-soprano is at home on both opera stages and concert stages and has also been greatly celebrated by our festival audience since the Styriarte 2018.

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 is much sought-after by 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.

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.

Ārt House 17


Diving deep into historical music and its history(s): That is the mission of the still young Graz-based ensemble Ārt House 17. To this end, Michael Hell and Georg Kroneis have gathered around them some of the best specialists in their field. Their repertoire ranges from Pergolesi to Mozart and Offenbach.

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.