Christoph Willibald Gluck
Hofesh Shechter Company
Teatro alla Scala Chorus and Orchestra
Orphée et Eurydice
Hofesh Shechter made his operatic debut with this production at the Royal Opera House in London in 2015 in collaboration with director John Fulljames (previously Associate Director of Opera, Royal Opera House).
Orphée et Eurydice includes some of Gluck’s most loved music, from Orphée’s tender ‘Objet de mon amour’ and ‘J’ai perdu mon Eurydice’ to the spectacular ‘L’espoir renaît dans mon âme’, added for the French premiere. The chorus also assumes a role of great importance, particularly in their roles as the shades and Furies of the underworld. But the opera is perhaps most celebrated for its innovative dance music; two of its many highlights include the ‘Dance of the Furies’ and the ‘Dance of the Blessed Spirits’, here performed by 22 dancers under the direction of Hofesh Shechter.
Following its success at the Royal Opera house in 2015, Orphée et Eurydice was restaged at La Scala as part of their 2018 season.
Conducted by Michele Mariotti
Staging by John Fulljames and Hofesh Shechter
Choreography by Hofesh Shechter
Set and costumes by Conor Murphy
Lighting by Lee Curran
Orphée Juan Diego Flórez
Eurydice Christiane Karg
L’Amour Fatma Said
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval
"One of the most brilliantly original shows on the [Royal Opera House] stage in years… we are in heaven from start to finish" - The Independent
"Highly compelling, the drama heightened by the taunting, expressive dancers of the Hofesh Shechter Company" - The Economist