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.
Recommended forThose 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.
Age Recommendations: No under 5s