Orphée et Eurydice


Christoph Gluck Orphée et Eurydice opera to libretto by Pierre-Louis Moline (sung in French). Directed 2018 by Hofesh Shechter & John Fulljames at the Teatro alla Scala. Stars Juan Diego Florez (Orphée), Christiane Karg (Eurydice), and Fatma Said (L’Amour). Michelle Mariotti conducts the Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala (Chorus Master Bruno Casoni). Set and costume design by Conor Murphy; lighting by Lee Curran (revived by Andrea Giretti); choreography by Hofesh Shechter. Directed for TV by Tiziano Mancini. Released 2018, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

This is a modernized rendition of Gluck’s last version of this opera in French. Richard Lawrence, writing in the May 2019 Gramophone commends Florez as a “memorable Orpheus, despairing and passionate.” Lawrence goes on to write, “It’s good to have a complete staged version of the masterpiece, which is so much more than just a revision of Orfeo ed Euridice [the Italian version] .

Here’s an official trailer from the Teatro alla Scala: