Songs of Orpheus: Karim Sulayman, Apollo’s Fire

June 23, 2018, 9:00 am

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Lebanese-American tenor Karim Sulayman’s encapsulation of the Orpheus myth infuses his solo recording debut. Orpheus, the greatest singer of all time, famously followed his deceased beloved Eurydice to the gates of Hades in an attempt to bring her back to life. He was thwarted by the gods who forbade him to gaze at her during their journey back to earth. He could not resist, and the tale has been told in numerous musical interpretations including those of Monteverdi and his 17th-century compatriots who are represented on this imaginative album, performed with leading Baroque interpreters Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire.