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CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK

ORPHEUS & EURYDICE

24 OCTOBER - 9 NOVEMBER 2019

PLAYHOUSE QPAC

How far would you go to save the one you love?

Heartbroken Orpheus has been granted the chance to bring his beloved wife Eurydice back from the underworld with one condition: he must not look at her – even for a moment – on their perilous journey home. But can he resist the desire to look into the eyes of his true love?

Created in association with internationally renowned contemporary circus company Circa and set to some of the most stirring music ever written, this is opera like you’ve never experienced before – mixing thrilling acrobatics, profoundly beautiful singing and exquisite video design to take us to hell and back.

DATES & TICKETS

Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm
Saturday 26 October, 1.30pm
Tuesday 29 October, 6.30pm
Thursday 31 October, 6.30pm
Saturday 2 November, 7.30pm
Tuesday 5 November, 6.30pm
Thursday 7 November, 6.30pm
Saturday 9 November, 1.30pm

Playhouse QPAC

Tickets from $64 – $124

CREATIVE TEAM

Conductor Dane Lam
Director Yaron Lifschitz
Costumes Libby McDonnell
Set Design Yaron Lifschitz
Lighting Alex Berlage
Video Boris Bagattini
Choreography Yaron Lifschitz, Bridie Hooper and the Circa Ensemble

CAST

Orpheus Owen Willetts
Eurydice & Amore Natalie Christie Peluso

Opera Queensland Chorus
Circa Ensemble
Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Pre-concert talk 1 hour before each performance except 24 and 31 October. Audio descriptions available Saturday 9 November.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Approximately 90 minutes. This production contains infrequent partial nudity.

In association with Circa.

ART SERIES: JAMES BOURBON

The story of Orpheus & Eurydice has been interpreted by artists for centuries. In the lead up to our season, we asked local artist James Bourbon to respond to this incredible story through a new work of his own. James’ work will be on display in the Playhouse foyer, QPAC from 24 October – 9 November.

IN THE STUDIO

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.  LAOZI, CHINESE PHILOSOPHER

Journey to the underworld with Orpheus on his quest to bring his beloved wife Eurydice back to life. Experience the beauty and wonder of this centuries-old tale brought to vivid life through 90 minutes of stunning acrobatics, exquisite singing and heavenly music.

THE STORY

WB75W6 - Orpheus & Eurydice Painting - 350H

The epic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice has captivated audiences for centuries. Heartbroken Orpheus is granted the chance to lead his dead wife Eurydice back from the underworld on one condition; he mustn’t look at her – even for a moment – until they return to the surface. Can he resist the temptation to look back into the eyes of his true love?

Image: Sir Edward Poynter’s 1862 portrayal of Orpheus guiding Eurydice out of the underworld

REVIEWS

“…astonishing physical mastery” THE NEW YORK TIMES

“The mighty Circa” THE GUARDIAN

★★★★★ – “Circa’s performers are the rock stars of the circus world.” THE LIST, UK 

“A revolution in the spectacle of circus.” LES ECHOS

★★★★ – “. . . circus at its purist and most thrilling . . . utterly captivating.” DAILY REVIEW

THE MUSIC

At its core, Orpheus & Eurydice is a profoundly timeless story of the human condition exploring love, loss and the innate, often overwhelming desire, to return our loved ones to life. In reverence to its powerful narrative, German composer Gluck chose to abandon the highly ornamented style of the period and create a work of beautiful simplicity. What emerged is one of the most stirring scores ever written.

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