Final Performance December 1
Orpheus and Eurydice
NEW SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION
By Christoph Willibald Gluck
November 15–December 1, 2022
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Starting at $31
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 Meigui Zhang as Eurydice and Nicole Heaston as Amore.
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"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.
* 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.