Come witness the ultimate story of love lost and regained in Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, as performed by Opera Santa Barbara on April 27 and 29. Developed from Gluck’s original Italian version of 1762, as well as his subsequent French version of 1774, Opera Santa Barbara will perform the show in French with projected English supertitles.
“Gluck believed opera should present a simple and direct expression of human emotion. Some 250 years later, his sublime work still reads as splendidly modern in both its construction and its psychological depth,” says Jose Maria Condemi, artistic director Opera Santa Barbara.
Orpheus and Eurydice tells the story of the devoted musician Orpheus (mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas) and his descent into the underworld to rescue his beloved Eurydice (soprano Mamie Breckenridge) from death. L’Amour (soprano Angela Cadelago), the god of love, tests the mythic couple and, in the end, rewards fidelity with bliss. Chianakas thrilled Santa Barbara audiences as Santuzza in Opera Santa Barbara’s 2008 production of Cavalleria Rusticana and its 2002 production of Carmen. Breckenridge makes her company debut as Eurydice. Cadelago is a returning member of Opera Santa Barbara’s Studio Artist Program.
Condemi, will direct, following up his successful 2011 La Traviata. For more information visit www.operasb.org.
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