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18. March 2016

Orfeo ed Euridice

Azione teatrale per musica
Text by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi
Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck

In autumn 1762, an opera premiered in Vienna which was to have considerable influence on the development of the genre as a whole. Christoph Willibald Gluck’s »Orfeo ed Euridice« is exemplary in the way it combines a large number of reform approaches. ...

In autumn 1762, an opera premiered in Vienna which was to have considerable influence on the development of the genre as a whole. Christoph Willibald Gluck’s »Orfeo ed Euridice« is exemplary in the way it combines a large number of reform approaches. Gluck’s »Azione teatrale« which focuses on the natural and authentic expression of the characters, challenged and in a way overcame the traditional »opera seria«. Gluck’s work treats the Orpheus myth, which had repeatedly been the subject of operas since the beginning of this genre, in a completely novel way. The opera will be staged by Jürgen Flimm and conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Bejun Mehta and Anna Prohkaska will be singing the title roles, and Nadine Sierra will be performing as Amore.


    • Orfeo
    • Euridice
    • Amor
    • Jupiter
    • Dancers
      • Martina Borroni
      • Vanessa Cokaric
      • Livia Delgado
      • Susanne Eder
      • Angeliki Gouvi
      • Sarah Grether
      • Victoria McConnell
      • Roberto Pareira Barbosa
      • Aladino Rivera Blanca
      • Daniel Drabek
      • Chris Jäger
      • Oren Lazovski
      • Ronni Maciel

    Sung in Italian with German surtitles
    approx. 1:20 h | no interval
    VORWORT
    Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)
    • Synopsis

      ACT 1

      At the grave of Eurydice, Orpheus mourns the death of his beloved wife, while a group of mourners enacts the funeral rite. In despair, he turns to the gods and demands that they return Eurydice to him. Amor appears as Jupiter’s messenger and reports to Orpheus that he can bring Eurydice back from the underworld, but only if he refrains from looking at his beloved until they have left the world of darkness. Orpheus accepts this condition, although he doubts that Eurydice will understand his behavior.


      ACT 2

      Before the gate to Hades, the ghastly Furies block Orpheus’ way to the underworld. But he succeeds in placating the hellish figures with his song, so that they allow him to pass to Elysium. When he arrives, Orpheus extols the beauty of Elysium in song, but his thoughts are focused on the search for Eurydice. He finds his loved one and is determined to lead her from the underworld following the instructions of Jupiter and Amor.


      ACT 3

      Orpheus asks the incredulous Eurydice to follow his instructions without question and to leave the underworld with him. But soon she complains about the lacking affection of her husband and demands that he looks at her. Orpheus refuses to look and tries to resist Eurydice’s complaints. Disappointed that Orpheus is keeping a secret from her, she threatens rather to die than to live with him unloved. At that, Orpheus’ resistance crumbles and Eurydice dies a second time. Unable to fathom the renewed loss of Eurydice, Orpheus decides to end his life. Then Amor appears and calls Eurydice back to life as a reward for Orpheus’ fidelity.