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Orpheus and Eurydice

Composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Conducted by James Conlon

March 1025, 2018

Featuring the Joffrey Ballet

At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

New production: Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice

Lisette Oropesa looked and moved like one of the dancers. Her sounds were liquid silver and she seemed to be an amazingly graceful creature from another world.

Maria NockinBroadway World

This important new production broke ground in our dedication to finding non-traditional ways to present world-class opera and to introduce our work to new audiences. LA Opera had presented Gluck’s masterpiece twice before in its original Italian version. This time, James Conlon conducted the company premiere of the composer’s greatly expanded French version, which includes extensive ballet sequences. John Neumeier, a living legend in the dance world, made his company debut wearing multiple hats—as director, choreographer and as designer of the scenery, costumes and lighting—resulting in a singularly unified new production. In order to do full justice to the extensive dance requirements, the cast included no less than 43 dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, one of the world’s premiere ballet companies.

Cast

Orpheus
Maxim Mironov
Eurydice
Lisette Oropesa
Amour
Liv Redpath
Dancers
The Joffrey Ballet

Creative Team

Conductor
James Conlon
Director/Choreographer/Designer
John Neumeier
Chorus Director
Grant Gershon

New co-production by Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera and Staatsoper Hamburg.

Production made possible by generous support from GRoW @ Annenberg — special tanks to Regina and Gregory Weingarten — and Ceil and Michael Pulitzer. Additional generous support from National Endowment for the Arts. Lisette Oropesa's appearance generously underwritten by a gift from the Piera Barbaglia Emerging Artist Program.

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