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Orpheus and Eurydice

Final Performance December 1

Orpheus and Eurydice


By Christoph Willibald Gluck



November 15–December 1, 2022


Christoph Willibald Gluck


Starting at $31

Run Time

Approximately 81 minutes with no intermission


Sung in Italian with English supertitles


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.

Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Orpheus with Sopranos Mei Gui Zhang as Eurydice and Nicole Heaston as Amore.

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The Buzz

"a taut 80 minutes of vocal pyrotechnics, choreographic invention and subdued visual splendor"
-San Francisco Chronicle

"[Jakub Józef] Orliński, in a thrilling and overdue company debut on opening night, took the weight of this undertaking on his lithe shoulders and transformed it into something radiant and magical."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Overseeing the performance was Irish conductor Peter Whelan, an early-music specialist whose first appearance in San Francisco revealed an artist of delicate but unmistakable mastery."
- San Francisco Chronicle


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.

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Made Possible By

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