MET Opera live in HD – Eurydice
04 DEC 2021: Matthew Aucoin’s celebrated modern take on the ancient Greek myth will be presented in cinemas on December 4.
Erin Morley in the title role of Matthew Aucoins EURYDICE © Paola Kudacki / Met Opera
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. Brilliant 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 Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view. Yannick Nézet-Séguin oversees the December 4 transmission, leading 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 Józef Orliński 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. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, presented in Germany and Austria by Clasart Classic.
“The sheer scale of Aucoin’s music is luxurious… The dancing at Orpheus and Eurydice’s wedding … is a little jewel.“ (The New York Times)
For more information, please visit www.metimkino.de.
Stage Director Mary Zimmermann
Composer Matthew Aucoin
Libretto Sarah Ruhl
Orchestra / Band The Metropolitan Opera
Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Soloist Erin Morley
Soloist Jakub Józef Orliński
Soloist Barry Banks
Soloist Joshua Hopkins
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