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NEW SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION
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’ CalzabigiSung in Italian with English supertitles
Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission
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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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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November 15, 18, 20, 26; December 1, 2022
* San Francisco Opera Debut
Previous performances of Orpheus and Eurydice can be found in our Archive.
This production is made possible, in part, by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.
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