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London Coliseum

Part of ENO’s Orpheus season, Harrison Birtwistle’s masterpiece The Mask of Orpheus is staged for the first time in the capital since its London Coliseum premiere more than 30 years ago. See this epic retelling of the Greek myth during its strictly limited season.

For the first time in over 30 years, Harrison Birtwistle’s masterpiece The Mask of Orpheus is staged in London. ENO Artistic Consultant Daniel Kramer’s epic production can be seen at the London Coliseum as part of ENO’s Orpheus season. See it from 18 October 2019.

The Mask of Orpheus premiered in London at the English National Opera back in 1986, garnering waves of critical acclaim. The opera comprises music by Harrison Birtwistle and a libretto by Peter Zinovieff. A complex exploration of the myth of Orpheus, it delves into the story's many contradictions. This new production comes as part of ENO’s Orpheus season, and steps up to the challenge of the non-linear narrative and multifaceted character representation. It is performed in English with surtitles displaying all sung words above the stage.

There’s no pain worse than that which is caused by love. Keep going. Whatever you do, don’t look back. When Orpheus’ wife Eurydice is taken to the underworld, he’ll stop at nothing to get her back. He embarks on a journey to rescue her, but hope turns to despair as the gods interfere.

Peter Hoare stars as Orpheus the Man alongside Daniel Norman as Orpheus the Myth, Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Eurydice the Woman and Susan Bickley as Eurydice the Myth. They are joined by James Cleverton, Simon Bailey, Claron McFadden and Robert Hayward.

Daniel Kramer has held the position of Artistic Director of the English National Opera since April 2016. He is the recipient of a South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. Kramer is joined by conductor and ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins. The pair previously collaborated on Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel, and War Requiem. Costume design is by Daniel Lismore.

The Mask of Orpheus charts a course from terrible grief to transcendental redemption, underpinned by an epic score. See it at the London Coliseum from 18 October 2019.

Sorry this show closed 13 November 2019, we recommend these similar productions.

La Boheme
The Turn of the Screw
Performance dates:
12 Nov 2019 - 13 Nov 2019
Running time:
3 hours and 20 minutes.
Age recommendation:
No under 5s
Audience Notes:
Those who enjoyed ENO’s War Requiem and Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel shouldn’t miss this chance to see Artistic Drector Daniel Kramer and conductor Martyn Brabbins work together again.

The Mask of Orpheus Reviews

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User Reviews

I haven't seen/heard this opera before. The music was complex and haunting. The libretto was obscure to opaque. The staging was almost entirely incomprehensible, but entertaining and sometimes amusing. The players performed with zest and panache. I l Read more

Performance date: 25 October 2019
Performance date: 18 October 2019
Performance date: 18 October 2019
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