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Orpheus and Eurydice

NEW SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION

By Christoph Willibald Gluck

Overview

Dates

November 15–December 1, 2022

Composer

Christoph Willibald Gluck

Price

Starting at $31

Run Time

Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission

Language

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Libretto

Ranieri de’ Calzabigi

A love that transcends death.

The iconic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice comes to life in a new production of Gluck's energetic, lyrical opera.

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Why 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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The Buzz

"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

“Yet the evening’s true star, at least from where I sat, was soprano Meigui Zhang, who brought both tonal bloom and alert precision.”
San Francisco Chronicle



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

Synopsis

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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* San Francisco Opera Debut

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

Hear The Music

Audio excerpts are from the 1995 performance of Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice (sung in French) with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Overture and Dance of the Blessed Spirits/San Francisco Opera Orchestra; "J'ai perdu mon Euridyce" / Jennifer Larmore

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Made Possible By

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