Orphée
Composer: Philip Glass
Librettist: Philip Glass
Other Artistic Personnel: Francesca Zambello (Director)
Martin Goldray (Conductor)
Robert Israel (Set Designer)
Cathering Zuber (Costume Designer)
Pat Collins (Lighting)
Maribeth Back (Sound)
Original Cast: Wendy Hill
Eugene Perry
Richard Fracker
James Ramlet
Paul Kirby
John Kuether
Elizabeth Futral
Janice Felty
Brian Mirabile
Premiere Date: May 14, 1993
Producing Company: American Repertory Theater
Description: Based on Cocteau's fascinating retelling of the Orpheus myth, Orphée, the first opera of Philip Glass' Cocteau Trilogy, is an extended parable on the life of an artist, a poet harassed and misunderstood by peers. His success leads to the ridicule by fellow poets, ending in a creatively crippling isolation.

With a renewed apprehension of his own mortality, Orphee regains his emotional stregnth, enabling him to ignore the trials of ordinary life, freeing him to be a poet. The poets Orphee and Cegeste, Euridice, and a mysterious Princess interact within the worlds of the living and the dead, existing in that mysterious realm that separates the two worlds. Love triumphs and thus returns Orphee and Euridice to mortal life, with no remaining consciousness of their unusual time spent between "the worlds". The Princess has violated the laws of life and death one time too many and is banished into oblivion.
Character List (Major): 2S, Mz, 3T, Bar, 2B;
Reviews: Nipping Down to Hell With Philip Glass - The New York Times 8/2/2010
Length: 02:20
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration: 1 fl(pic), 1 cl, 1 bsn - 1 hrn, 1 tpt, 1 tbn - hp (opt) - 1 perc (BD, SD, TD, t.bells, cast, wdbl, maracas, glsp, tgl) - syn - str (6 vln1, 5 vln2, 4 vla, 4 vc, 2 db or 1 vln1, 1 vln2, 1 vla, 1 vc)
Contact: Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. or G. Schirmer, Inc.(agent)
E-mail Address: info@dunvagen.com
Phone: 212-979-2080
212-254-2100
Publisher Web Site: http://www.dunvagen.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
Orphée (Glass)
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Pittsburgh Opera
Orphée (Glass)
Friday, November 6, 2009 - Portland Opera
Orphée (Glass)
Saturday, July 21, 2007 - Glimmerglass Festival
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