Orphée et Eurydice (Orpheus and Eurydice)

September 23. 2017 - June 30. 2018

Upcoming Dates

September 23. 2017 - June 30. 2018

New Production Orphée et Eurydice (Orpheus and Eurydice)


One of opera’s most beautiful masterpieces, Gluck’s exquisite drama introduces us to Orpheus, the poet and musician whose every word and note communicate the most overwhelming love for his Eurydice. Refusing to accept her death, he courageously journeys to the Underworld to bring her back to life. The music reaches true heights of eloquence and emotion. Lyric presents Orphée et Eurydice in the Paris version, which contains thrilling ballet sequences that will come to vivid life under the direction and choreography of the legendary John Neumeier. This highly-anticipated production marks Lyric’s first collaboration with The Joffrey Ballet.


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  • Language: Sung in French with projected English translations
  • Running Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Orphée et Eurydice

by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Croft, Delunsch; Les Musiciens du Louvre, cond. Minkowski.
Courtesy of Universal Music Group.


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“Objet de mon amour"

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“Viens, Viens, Euridice"

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Orphée et Eurydice

by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

© 2017/18 Lyric Opera Commentaries Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Music Group. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.
A project of the Women’s Board


Orpheus’s wife, Eurydice, has died and has been sent to the Underworld. Orpheus is given the chance to bring her back to life under one condition: he must not look at Eurydice during the journey. Orpheus faces the many challenges of the Underworld and retrieves Eurydice, being careful not to look at her, but Eurydice refuses to follow him believing he no longer loves her. Orpheus must decide between love and life in this story featuring riveting music, drama, and dance.

Program book

Go inside this production of Orphée et Eurydice with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Meet the artists

* Lyric Opera debut
* Ryan Opera Center alumna

New Lyric coproduction of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice generously made possible by

Margot and Josef Lakonishok

Anonymous Donor


The Anne and Burt Kaplan Fund

Bill and Orli Staley Foundation

Liz Stiffel

A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, and Staatsoper Hamburg.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg