1774 Paris Version
This sumptuous and exhilarating account of the legendary Greek hero’s descent into the underworld to rescue his true love changed the course of musical storytelling forever. With its perfectly crafted libretto and generous helping of exceptional music – evocative choral passages, imaginative ballets, dramatic duets, and the hero’s famous lament – Orpheus conveys a timeless message of love’s power to triumph over all.
In French with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes, with 1 intermission
Audio Preview of Orpheus and Eurydice by General Director Speight Jenkins.
Showcasing the stately sophistication of Gluck’s miraculous music, the trailer video of our new production includes footage of Orpheus lamenting his lost love, confronting the Furies, basking in the tranquility of the Elysian Fields and, with help from Amore, leading Eurydice out of the underworld to a joyous reunion. Compelling choreography, splendid choruses, evocative scenery, and spirited singing enhance this classic story in which love conquers all.
See the Orpheus drama unfold in rehearsal. Stage Director Jose Maria Condemi shows the singers at work, explains the storyline, and gives us a peek at the dancer choreography. If you are on the fence about seeing this opera, then watch this video!
General Director Speight Jenkins sat down with Orpheus star William Burden (fresh off the airplane) when he arrived in Seattle for rehearsals. The two discuss the success of this opera, what it takes to sing in French, and more.
The sets for Orpheus have the challenge that they must portray two worlds: above-ground earth and the underworld. Go behind-the-scenes as the Scene Shop builds an 800 pound tree – both its above ground earthly stature and its unruly underworld root system.
Tenor and audience favorite William Burden returns to Seattle as the devoted Orpheus and soprano Davinia Rodrìguez appears as his beloved Eurydice. Julianne Gearhart plays the divine Amore.
Seattle Opera favorite Bill Burden explains why he loves singing Gluck, and what he’s doing to prepare for his first time in this role. Enjoy additional commentary from General Director Speight Jenkins.
Educational guide covering Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice. The guide explains Gluck’s impact on modern opera, the Orpheus myth, and what makes this Paris version different from the composer’s earlier Orfeo ed Euridice.
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Seattle Opera presents Gluck’s influential Orpheus and Eurydice, in the revised French version, for the first time since 1988, and only the second time in company history.
After his beloved wife, Eurydice, dies, a distraught Orpheus is given the opportunity to travel to the Underworld and rescue her—but only if he is able to follow an impossible command.
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Davinia Rodriquez and William Burden © Rozarii Lynch Photo