Met Opera: Orfeo ed Euridice
A scene from Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice." Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
Orfeo ed Euridice
by Christoph Willibald Gluck
The Met Opera regrets to announce that the Met has canceled the remainder of the 2019–20 season of live performances due to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes all performances and Live in HD transmissions. Weekly radio broadcasts will continue with the scheduled opera, but in archived performances.
This spirited take on the ancient Orpheus myth stars mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Orfeo, the grieving lover on a quest through the underworld. Soprano Hei-Kyung Hong sings the plaintive Euridice. Mark Wigglesworth conducts Gluck’s elegant score, a pinnacle of the Baroque repertoire. [Cast will change when the archived performance is chosen.]
The myth of the musician Orpheus — who travels to the underworld to retrieve his dead wife, Eurydice — probes the deepest questions of desire, grief, and the power (and limits) of art.
The opera is set in an idealized Greek countryside and in the mythological underworld. These settings are more conceptual than geographic, and notions of how they should appear can (and rightly do) change in every era.
Start time: 10:00am on Capital Public Radio.
Approximate running time 1 hr 30 mins.
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