L’Orfeo is an opera from 1607, based around the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. It is often cited as the earliest opera still regularly performed today. The libretto was written by the Italian lawyer and diplomat Alessandro Striggio (1573-1630), for a carnival in Mantua. The music was composed by the Italian priest Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), arguably the greatest composer of the Renaissance era, who is best known for his madrigals as well as his sacred works such as the Vespers.
The Choruses From L’Orfeo have been edited by the Italian composer, musicologist and editor Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973).