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.
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