Orfeo ed Euridice
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Philippe Jaroussky and Patricia Petibon in Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck. All the power of love in song and a masterful expression of emotions.
Orfeo © Robert Kusel
Philippe Jaroussky et Patricia Petibon - DR
Diego Fasolis et Robert Carsen - DR
Diego Fasolis direction
Robert Carsen staging
Tobias Hoheisel design and costumes
Robert Carsen et Peter Van Praet lights
Philippe Jaroussky Orfeo
Patricia Petibon Euridice
Emőke Baráth Amore
Chœur de Radio France
Approximate running time 1h30
When Gluck returned to the fable of Orfeo more than a century and a half after Monteverdi, he also undertook to rewrite the existing conventions of opera. He decided to focus on the plot in all its power, cohesion and richness, which he believed should be in perfect harmony with the musical score.
This premise gave rise to an innovative work with an incredible wealth of ballets and choruses which radiate luminous beauty while “revising” past forms. Canadian director Robert Carsen staged the work some ten years ago for the Chicago Opera House. His approach involved removing all overt references to time in order to underscore the universality of the work and to showcase the music and singing. He has now decided to go back to the drawing board, but we believe that this Parisian outing will stay true to his initial intention. Although the subject matter is drawn from one of the most beautiful myths, the plot focuses tightly on the couple Orfeo and Euridice in arias which call for consummate sensitivity and virtuosity. Philippe Jaroussky and Patricia Petibon, reunited after working together in Alcina in Aix, undoubtedly have the grace and poetry to get the very most out of this impressive and painful descent into hell.
Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Canadian Opera Company, Toronto / Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera di Roma / Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles / Lyric Opera of Chicago
Sung in Italian with French subtitles