Well, now, it's been a while since a ballad has appeared here. (Okay, okay--it's been a while since much of anything has appeared here!) But don't mind that. Look! Or rather, listen! The distributors of Emily Smith's new album, Echoes, will let you hear a whole track from it. The track is King Orfeo. So, if that isn't a treat (all that, and Emily Smith to sing it!), I don't know what is.
If that isn't enough Orfeo for you, here's the second of two posts I compiled back in '10 (after being astounded by a performance of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo on the radio) to give you leads to a few other versions, largely written, of the tale.