An immersive performance experience (with dinner and drinks!) at the historic El Cid.

In Greek mythology, Orpheus, greatest of all musicians, loses his beloved Eurydice in the Underworld. So, what happens next? To find out, travel with LA Opera to the lair of Bacchus, with the U.S. premiere of Stefano Landi’s landmark 1619 opera The Death of Orpheus (La Morte d’Orfeo).

ABOUT THE OPERA

In a production performed by members of LAO's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, the baroque jewel is presented as part of the Eurydice Found celebration. The opera shows how Orpheus deals with his grief: by renouncing the company of women. This incurs the wrath of Bacchus, who orders his rowdy female followers, the Maenads, to destroy Orpheus. But in a surprise twist, the gods have a different destiny in mind for the tragic hero. 

Despite the morbid title (and a second reunion of Orpheus and Eurydice in Hades which goes just as badly as the first), the opera has a happy ending. Along the way, there’s a birthday party for Orpheus, a drinking song courtesy of the ferryman of Hades (the first comic aria in the history of opera), and even a singing trio of breezes.

Created in the infancy of the operatic genre, The Death of Orpheus was a milestone in the development of the art form. Written only 12 years after the premiere of Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo (the first operatic masterpiece), Landi's opera picks up the story at the point where Monteverdi's ends. Landi notably introduced, for the first time, comic elements into the Orpheus legend.

One of today's leading conductors in music of the Baroque era, six-time Grammy nominee Stephen Stubbs makes his LAO debut, leading an ensemble of musicians from the LA Opera Orchestra supplemented with Baroque specialists. The production, set in the present day, is directed by Sara E. Widzer and designed by Leon Wiebers. There will be three performances from January 17 through 19 at El Cid, the historic Silver Lake performance venue (4212 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90029). Each performance will be an immersive experience, with food and drink available before (and during!) the show. It's a mix of dinner party and opera, with a little comedy thrown in.

MEET THE CAST

With dozens of characters, the cast is made up primarily of singers from the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, most of them performing multiple roles:

Additional guest artists include countertenor Jacob Ingbar as Mercury and bass-baritone Christopher Carbin as Fate. as Jove and as a god.

GET TICKETS

There will be three performances of The Death of Orpheus. Click the link with your desired date(s) below:

These performances will be immersive experiences that take place at El Cid, the entertainment hideaway located in the heart of Silver Lake (4212 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90029). The opera is preceded by dinner one hour before each performance begins. Performance tickets cost $25 each, with food and drinks billed separately, and are available at www.ElCidSunset.com. For more information or questions about your order, contact El Cid at 323.668.0318.

The approximate running time of the opera is 90 minutes, performed without intermission.
Performed in Italian with projected English translations.

The Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program is generously underwritten by the Colburn Foundation and by Eugene and Marilyn Stein.

Special support for young artist stipends is graciously provided by The Lenore and Richard Wayne Young Artist Fellowship.

Additional gifts from donors to the Young Artist Circle.

The program was created with funding from the Flora L. Thornton Foundation.