Orphée et Eurydice

 

Christoph Gluck Orphée et Eurydice opera/ballet production to libretto by Pierre-Louis Moline. Directed 2018 by John Neumeier, the famous choreographer, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Singing stars are tenor Dmitry Korchak (Orphée), soprano Andriana Chuchman (Eurydice), and soprano Lauren Snouffer (Amore [should be Amour, as this is the French version]). Features The Joffrey Ballet as the inhabitants of the underworld. Harry Bicket conducts the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and Chorus (Chorus Master Michael Black). Set, costume, lighting design, and choreography by Director Neumeier. Directed for TV by Matthew Diamond; produced by John Walker; Executive Producer was David Horn. Sung in French. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Gluck’s simple opera libretto and music lends itself to extensive embellishment with dancing and updated plot elements. Good examples of this are the great Pina Bausch Orpheus und Eurydike and the Alagna brothers Orfeo ed Euridice. Subject title is directed by total-control Neuman, who is the greatest narrative choreographer ever. So we are not surprised that this received rapturous praise by critics in Chicago who saw it live. We note that Neumeier’s traditional videographer, Thomas Grimm, was not involved with this project. We have lamented many times that all videos made by Grimm and Neumeier are woefully damaged by the dread disease DVDitis. The illness lies in the insanely fast video pace set by Neumeier and Grimm in their collaborations. Could it possibly be that Diamond convinced Neumeier to show down the pace and give us an elegant video this time? We have been disappointed so many times — but there is always hope.

Next below is a shot of the beautiful scene from which the front cover art was taken:

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And here’s an official trailer from the Lyric Opera. The pace of the trailer is extremely fast with very short clip segments, but that may not be representative of the pace of the work itself: