Orpheus and Eurydice


By Christoph Willibald Gluck
November 15, 18, 20, 26; December 1, 2022


A love that transcends death.

What death has stolen, the musician Orpheus is determined to bring back. With Love as his guide, Orpheus journeys into the underworld to save his wife, Eurydice. But there is one condition: he must not look back at her until they return to the mortal world.

Orpheus and Eurydice returns in a fully staged production for only the second time in the Company’s history. In this new production, director Matthew Ozawa joins award-winning choreographer Rena Butler to take us on a heartfelt journey into the stages of grief.

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Libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi
Sung in Italian with English supertitles



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Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission

Why You Should See It

It’s the myth that inspired everything from Hadestown to The English Patient—presented in a musical style that would revolutionize opera.

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Tuesday 11/15/22 7:30PM
Friday 11/18/22 7:30PM
Sunday 11/20/22 2:00PM
Saturday 11/26/22 7:30PM
Thursday 12/01/22 7:30PM


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The Buzz

Read what the press has said about the stars of the production.

"Soprano Christina Gansch... was an amalgam of silvery vocal passagework and witty stage presence."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"The countertenor of the moment, Jakub Józef Orliński, is a stylish singer with an angelic, unforced sound that glides through the gentle bustle of a Baroque string section."
-The New Yorker

"She is splendidly portrayed by the American soprano Nicole Heaston, whose versatility is underscored by fine singing."
-New York Times


When death claims the love of his life, the musician Orpheus vows to steal her back—even if that means journeying to the underworld to save her.

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Cast and Creative

Orpheus Jakub Józef Orliński *
Eurydice Christina Gansch
Love Nicole Heaston


November 15, 18, 20, 26; December 1, 2022

Conductor Peter Whelan *
Director Matthew Ozawa
Choreographer Rena Butler *
Set Designer Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Designer Jessica Jahn
Lighting Designer Yuki Nakase Link *
Chorus Director John Keene
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Previous performances of Orpheus and Eurydice can be found in our Archive.

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.

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