Orpheus and Eurydice
Lovers of Greek legend shouldn’t miss Orpheus and Eurydice tickets to see this acclaimed Gluck opera
A new production of the Gluck opera Orpheus and Eurydice will play at the London Coliseum this October, directed by the multi-award winning choreographer Wayne McGregor.
The opera, originally titled Orfeo ed Euridice, was composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck alongside a libretto by Raineri de’ Calzabigi. The opera premiered in Vienna in 1762, at the name-day celebration of Emperor Francis I. Considered a milestone of eighteenth-century opera, Gluck’s score includes moments of classic beauty alongside anguished outbursts.
How far would you go to rescue the one you love? After Eurydice is trapped in the underworld, the gods allow a grief-stricken Orpheus to rescue his wife. But there’s a catch – when Orpheus leads Eurydice out of the underworld, he can’t look back at her, or she will be lost to him forever.
Dame Sarah Connolly returns to the ENO as Orpheus, with Sarah Tynan playing the role of Eurydice. ENO Harewood Artist Soraya Mafi plays Love. They are joined by sixteen dancers from Company Wayne McGregor.
Making his directorial debut is Wayne McGregor, who has won multiple awards for his work across both theatre and film. Recent theatre credits include Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse. In film, McGregor has worked as choreographer and movement director for films such as Mary Queen of Scotts, the Fantastic Beasts series, and Sing!
Gluck’s rich orchestral writing paired with McGregor’s innovative choreography will ensure this is a landmark production of a famous legend.
Orpheus and Eurydice at the London Coliseum opens on October 1st.
This show is recommended for all ages 5+