Ashley Page, former Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, directs Gluck’s dramatic Orfeo. With an internationally acclaimed creative team including Mark Jonathan and Johan Engels, renowned for his vivid, theatrical designs, this production promises a visual spectacular that draws inspiration from an eclectic range of sources including Dior’s ‘New Look’ and the exotic colours of tribal Africa.
In a world where gods see fit to meddle in the lives of men, Orfeo, distraught by the death of his lover, resolves to defy their will and rescue her from Hades. But the gods have their rules; Euridice may be allowed to escape, but only if Orfeo can stop himself from looking at her until they are once again safe above ground. It seems a simple task, but will Euridice understand his sudden coldness?
Focusing on dramatic effect over the vocal display so favoured by his contemporaries, Gluck’s music gives a unique glimpse forward into the Romantic era. At one moment full of fury, the next clear and pure, his music is full of emotion. The cast is joined by a chorus of 20 and an ensemble of dancers to bring Gluck’s exceptional choreographic writing to life. Australian mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup (Così fan tutte 2009) is Orfeo. Kenneth Montgomery, Conductor Laureate at Santa Fe Opera in 2013, conducts.
Listen to extracts from Orfeo ed Euridice:
Chiamo il mio ben così
Chi mai dell’Erebo
Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Che puro ciel
Vieni, appaga il tuo consorte!
Che fiero momento
Che farò senza Euridice?
From the complete recording on Decca Classics www.deccaclassics.com
Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner/Sylvia McNair/Derek Lee Ragin/Cyndia Sieden/
Thu 19 Feb 7.15pm•Sun 22 Feb 4.00pm•Wed 25 Feb 7.15pm
Sat 28 Feb 7.15pm
Tue 3 Mar 7.15pm•Thu 5 Mar 7.15pm•Sat 7 Mar 7.15pm