Orfeo ed Euridice
Music by Christoph Willibald von GLUCK
Opera in 3 Acts
Sung in Italian with English and Japanese surtitles
19 May - 22 May, 2022 ( 3 Performances )
Running time is to be announced
Baroque opera is the mainstay of the line-up presented by the Artistic Director of Opera, ONO Kazushi, from which he brings Orfeo ed Euridice to the stage.
This opera is among the greatest works of Christoph Willibald von GLUCK, the "opera reformer" who sought to blend music and drama. Based on the Orpheus of Greek mythology, a popular theme among composers, GLUCK's opera is full of dramatic tension, cutting out much of the embellishment from singing and building up the role of the orchestra. This theatrical appeal has made it one of the most popular and most frequently performed baroque operas.
Directing this production is choreographer, dancer and director TESHIGAWARA Saburo, world renowned for his aesthetic sense, while seasoned baroque instrumentalist, conductor and producer SUZUKI Masato takes up the conductor's baton.
Regrettably, Giulio Cesare, the first production of the Baroque opera series, with performance planned for April 2020, was cancelled. It will therefore be the first Baroque opera to be staged at the NNTT.
* Please note that there might be changes depending on the Covid-19 situation.
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Act1: Orfeo prays in front of the grave of his late wife, Euridice, that she somehow be brought back to life, when the god of love, Amore, appears. Amore tells Orfeo that Euridice can be returned to him and relays to him the command of Jupiter (i.e., the chief deity, and the equivalent of the Greek god, Zeus) that Orfeo sing the praises of the guardian of the Underworld, and that he on no account look at her face until he has brought Euridice back to earth, because she will be lost to him forever if he looks back.
Act2: At the entrance to the Underworld are the spirits of the dead and the Furies. Orfeo sings the Furies’ praises. He finds Euridice in the Elysian Fields, singing with the fairies, takes her hand and, without looking at her, leads her back to earth.
Act3: On the dark way back to earth, Euridice becomes deeply perturbed by Orfeo’s not looking her way. Orfeo is in anguish, caught between Euripides demanding of him why he will not look at her, and Jupiter’s command not to, but eventually turns back and looks at her. At that very moment, Euridice dies. In despair, Orfeo makes to take his own life, when Amore appears saying “You have shown true love” and brings Euridice back to life. Orfeo and Euridice give thanks to the god.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Conductor: SUZUKI Masato
Production, Choreography, Set, Costume and Lighting Design: TESHIGAWARA Saburo
Artistic Collaborator: SATO Rihoko
Euridice: Valda WILSON
Orfeo: Lawrence ZAZZO
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
- CREATIVE TEAM
SUZUKI MasatoProduction, Choreography, Set, Costume and Lighting Design
Booking Opens: Sat, 16 Apr 2022, 10:00am
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