New Production Orphée et Eurydice (Orpheus and Eurydice)

By Christoph Willibald Gluck

  • Language - Sung in French with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 2 hours, 20 minutes with 1 intermission

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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This production of Orphée et Eurydice was presented at Lyric September 23 – October 15, 2017. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Orphée et Eurydice

by Christoph Willibald Gluck

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

“Overture”
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“Objet de mon amour"
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“Viens, Viens, Euridice"
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“Chaconne"
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Orphée et Eurydice

by Christoph Willibald Gluck

commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin in collaboration with Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Orphée et Eurydice Synopsis

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.

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Meet The Artists

Dmitry Korchak*

Orphée

Andriana Chuchman†

Eurydice

Lauren Snouffer

Amour

Harry Bicket

Conductor

John Neumeier*

Director, Choreographer, Set, Costume & Lighting Designer

Heinrich Tröger*

Associate Set Designer

Chris Maravich

Lighting Realization

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumna
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center

Production Sponsors

The Monument Trust - LOGO

Abbot Fund - LOGO

MARGOT AND JOSEF LAKONISHOK
ANONYMOUS DONOR
LIZ STIFFEL

NIB Foundation - LOGO

J.P.Morgan

THE ANNE AND BURT KAPLAN FUND
BILL AND ORLI STALEY FOUNDATION
A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, and Staatsoper Hamburg.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg