The story behind the opera is well known. Orpheus is mourning the death of Eurydice when Amor, sent by Jupiter, suggests he go to the Underworld to find her on condition that he pacifies the Furies with his singing, does not look at his beloved and does not explain his actions to her. This eternal theme has inspired some twenty operas, including Gluck’s Orpheus, which in terms of when it was written is midway between Monteverdi’s sublime Orfeo and Offenbach’s hilarious Orpheus in the Underworld.
This mythical dimension provides the inspiration for Frédéric Flamand’s work. It is the first time he has staged an opera and he is being supported in his resolutely innovative approach with a set design by the Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck, famous around the globe for his visual art.
The worldpremiere took place at l’Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Etienne with l’Orchestre Symphonique & le Choeur Lyrique of Saint-Etienne Loire / direction Giuseppe Grazioli - with Varduhi Abrahamyan (Orphée in alternance with Blandine Folio Peres), Ingrid Perruche (Eurydice) and Maïlys de Villoutreys (Amour) -, the production will be also available on tour in an adapted version without orchestra, without choir and without singers.
A harmonious, aesthetically impeccable show (…); once again the excellent dancers of the Ballet National de Marseille are remarkable and exhibit remarkable energy and elegance. Raphael de Gubernatis, le Nouvel Observateur
CHRISTOPH W. GLUCK
Hector Berlioz VERSION
Directed and choreographed by : Frédéric Flamand
Stage design by : Hans Op de Beeck
Choreographical assistant : Yasuyuki Endo
With the dancers of the Ballet National de Marseille