Eurydice

Dec 4 2021 - 1:00pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera's earliest days.  Rising American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story - a product of the Met's commissioning program.

With a libretto by MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice's point of view.  Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads Aucoin's evocative music and an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman.

Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski as his otherworldly alter-ego.  Bass-baritone Nathan Berg is Eurydice's father and fellow resident of the underworld, with tenor Barry Banks as Hades himself.

Sung in English with English subtitles, the production runs two hours, 45 minutes with one intermission.

Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 

 

Conductor Daniela CandillariDaniela CandillariA Virtual Talk Back with Conductor Daniela Candillari … The Opera House is collaborating with the Chautauqua Opera Company (COC) and SUNY Fredonia's School of Music on a special Virtual Talk Back on Thur., Dec. 9, at 11am, with Metropolitan Opera Conductor Daniela Candillari.  Candillari, COC's 2017 Assistant Director, makes her Met debut conducting this new production of Eurydice.  She joins COC General and Artistic Director Steven Osgood in this very special virtual talk back.

Conductor Candillari, praised for her "confidence and apparently inexhaustible verve" (The New York Times), continues to be recognized for her dynamic and compelling performances at opera houses and on concert stages throughout North America and Europe.  Equally at home leading contemporary and long-beloved repertoire, Candillari "finds equal inspiration in tradition and novelty." (Opera News)

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In this outtake from a recent documentary on Metropolitan Opera Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the maestro pays a visit to composer Matthew Aucoin and soprano Erin Morley as they prepare for the company premiere of Aucoin's Eurydice