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    Orfeo ed Euridice

    Christoph Willibald Gluck

    All the power and pain of songs on the theme of love brought to life by Jakub Józef Orliński’s Orfeo and Regula Mühlemann’s Eurydice

    Orphée et Eurydice
    Orphée et Eurydice © Vincent Pontet
    Orphée et Eurydice
    Orphée et Eurydice © Vincent Pontet
    Orphée et Eurydice
    Orphée et Eurydice © Vincent Pontet
    Orphée et Eurydice
    Orphée et Eurydice © Vincent Pontet

    Thomas Hengelbrock | direction
    Robert Carsen | staging
    Christophe Gayral | staging resumption
    Tobias Hoheisel | scenography and costumes
    Robert Carsen, Peter Van Praet | lights
    Matthieu Pouly | lights resumption

    Jakub Józef Orliński | Orfeo
    Regula Mühlemann | Euridice
    Elena Galitskaya | Amore

    Orchestre Balthasar Neumann
    Chœur Balthasar Neumann

    Sung in Italian with French and English subtitles

    When Gluck returned to the theme of the story of Orfeo more than a century and a half after Monteverdi, he was also renewing the conventions of opera of the day. He placed the emphasis on the plot, its power, cohesion and richness, which he believed should be in perfect harmony with the music. This approach produced an innovative work which radiates luminous beauty with the richness of its choruses in particular, while “reforming” the conventions of the past. Canadian director Robert Carsen has staged the work without referring to any specific timeframe and places music and singing centre stage. Although the theme is taken from one of the most beautiful myths, the focus of the plot is on the couple Orfeo and Euridice through their arias, which require unerring sensitivity and virtuosity. After several rapturously received recitals here, countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński is making his debut on the Paris opera stage opposite the youthful Regula Mühlemann with her diamond-sharp delivery. This young, musically bold duo will sparkle under the expert baton of Thomas Hengelbrock at the head of the Orchestra et Chor Balthasar Neumann. The two lovers will experience an impressive and painful descent into the Underworld, from which even love, embodied by Elena Galitskaya, the mischievous Pauline in the recent Vie parisienne, will not be able to save them. A fully array of songs on the theme of love condensed into one of Gluck’s most emotionally powerful works.

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Canadian Opera Company | Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera di Roma | Château de Versailles Spectacles | Lyric Opera of Chicago
    En partenariat avec France TV

    Avec le soutien d'Aline Foriel-Destezet, mécène principale des opéras mis en scène au Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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