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Orphée et Eurydice

courtesy Lyric Opera

In 1774, 12 years after he composed a tradition-­busting Italian opera version of the mythical tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, Christoph Willibald Gluck revised it for presentation in Paris. With an eye to French mores and taste, he changed his original casting for the hero who braves hell to reclaim his dead wife from a castrato to a high tenor. He also greatly expanded the dance sequences, which make Orphée et Eurydice an apt selection for a much-­anticipated first collaboration between Lyric Opera and the Joffrey Ballet. Choreographed, designed, and directed by Hamburg Ballet director (and Milwaukee native) John Neumeier, who imagines the narrative as the story of a choreographer and a lead ballerina, the production features tenor Dmitry Korchak as Orphée and soprano Andriana Chuchman as his Eurydice. Early music specialist Harry Bicket conducts.   v


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