Orfeo ed Euridice
Do not miss Mark Morris’s animated take on the ancient Orpheus myth that has been adapted in numerous forms across the world. With stars such as Hei-Kyung Hong and Jamie Barton starring in this exhilarating production, you are in for an unforgettable performance!
Why Watch Orfeo ed Euridice
Considered to be the most popular work of Christoph Willibald Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice was one of the most influential German operas. Mozart, Beethoven, and Wagner have composed operas that are variations of the plot. Gluck was renowned for fusing the traditions of French and Italian opera and bringing a revolution in the Parisian operatic scene. He took up the legend to develop ideas for a new kind of opera and went on to create a masterpiece that combined poetry, dance, and music.
Mark Morris has won critical acclaim for his previous staging of Orfeo ed Euridice. He was praised alongside costume designer Isaac Mizrahi for decking the cast in modern dresses. The usage of dark and grey lighting during the scene where Orfeo enters the underworld is spectacular, and combined with the visceral choreography, makes for a breathtaking scene. The following scene is full of white, with flowing movements, and the two scenes highlight Morris’ capability to wonderfully contrast emotions and portray them on stage. There is no doubt that the production is a spectacular confluence of music and dance, and is a must-see for anyone who enjoys a modern interpretation of opera!
Euridice’s death is lamented by nymphs and shepherds, and most of all, her husband, Orfeo. Orfeo swears to retrieve Euridice from the underworld. The love of God, Amore informs Orfeo that Jove will allow him to descend into the underworld to rescue Euridice. He only has one condition for Orfeo, that he must not look at Euridice and also not explain why he is forbidden to see her. Failure to do so will mean that he will loser Euridice forever.
As Orfeo sets foot into the underworld, his path is hindered by numerous ghosts and furies. On hearing his lament, however, they let him pass through to the Elysian fields. The beauty of the land moves Orfeo.
Will Orfeo find Euridice in this treacherous land? Will he be able to keep his eyes off the woman he loves and lead her out of the underworld to live happily ever after?
Opera Buffs | Lovers of Classical Stories | Fans of Christoph Willibald Gluck
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 8 and up.
The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800.
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Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
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Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA
Get off at 66 St - Lincoln Center Subway Station using lines 1 or 2. The Metropolitan Opera House is just a 5-minute walk from here.
Get off at Broadway/W 64 St using buses M5 or M7 or at Broadway/W 63 St using bus M104. The theatre is located across the street to the left. Alternatively, get off at Amsterdam Av/W 62 St using bus M11. The theatre is located on the right.
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