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ENO and Philip Glass come together again to present the enigmatic Orphée, which warns of the dangers of self-obsession. Catch this stunning opera at the London Coliseum during its limited run.

The sublime pairing of ENO and award-winning composer Philip Glass delivers again. Continuing ENO’s Orpheus season, a new production of Glass’ enigmatic opera Orphée plays for a limited run. Catch it at the London Coliseum from 15 November 2019.

Orphée is the first in a trilogy by Glass based on the films of Jean Cocteau. This first instalment was written in 1991 and premiered in 1993. Director Netia Jones’ production combines live action and large projections, which feature moments from Cocteau’s acclaimed 1950 film.

Beware self-obsession; turn outward instead and let love save you. Orphée has fallen in love with a mysterious princess, despite the fact he is already married to Eurydice. As he moves between the worlds of the dead and the living, Orphée becomes gripped by the idea of immortality.

Baritone Nicholas Lester fulfils the title role of Orphée. Alongside him is Sarah Tynan, who takes on the role of Eurydice for the second instance in ENO’s season. Nicky Spence and Anthony Gregory, former ENO Harewood Artists, join them. Soprano Jennifer France makes her ENO debut as the Princess.

Philip Glass is famed for his innovative, minimalistic compositions. He is the recipient of a glittering host of awards, including a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award. Glass’ previous collaborations with ENO are Satyagraha and the Olivier Award-winning Akhnaten.

Geoffrey Paterson conducts. As well as making her ENO directorial debut, Netia Jones is the costume and video designer and responsible for translation along with Emma Jenkins. Set design comes from Lizzie Clachan and lighting design is by Lucy Carter.

Beautifully executed, Orphée is one of the jewels in the crown of ENO’s 2019/20 season. See it at the London Coliseum from 15 November 2019.

Sorry this show closed 29 November 2019, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
29 Nov 2019 - 29 Nov 2019
Running time:
2 hours and 40 minutes.
London Coliseum (See map)
Age recommendation:
No under 5s
Audience Notes:
If you enjoyed Einstein on the Beach, Akhnaten, or any other of Glass’ distinctive and excellent works, you shouldn’t miss the chance to secure Orphée tickets. Director Netia Jones’ production is slick, impressive, and bound to intrigue.

Latest Audience Reviews

katherineh5's avatar
katherineh5 Top 50 reviewer 19 Nov 2019

I enjoyed Orphee. Great staging. If you love opera you will love this up dated version of Orphee.... More

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mariabell Top 200 reviewer 16 Nov 2019
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jbrown15 Top 100 reviewer 30 Nov 2019

Excellent. And was very impressed with the movement of the excellent sets.

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williams16 07 Dec 2019
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alisong15 04 Dec 2019

Interesting imaginative sets. Costumes ok but predictable. Liked Philip Glass's music, especially... More

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cherryannk 03 Dec 2019
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