By Christoph Willibald Gluck presented by Irish National Opera in a co-production with United Fall in partnership with Irish Baroque Orchestra.
Gluck’s revolutionary opera, Orfeo ed Euridice was a highlight of the Galway International Arts Festival 2018 where it had a run of sold-out performances. This major new production from Irish National Opera and United Fall is directed and choreographed by one of Ireland’s most exciting dance theatre makers, Emma Martin, who “creates the sublime out of grief” (The Independent).
Mezzo soprano Sharon Carty’s performance in the title role is “compelling, both vocally and dramatically” (Goldenplec). She is “well matched by Sarah Power’s mysterious Euridice” (Sunday Independent). Emma Nash is a “powerfully soaring Amore” (Sunday Independent), and the production also features an ensemble of four singers and four United Fall dancers who “beautifully amplify the libretto” (The Independent).
The power of the Orpheus myth lies in its balance between mortality and hope, transcendence and love. Orfeo ed Euridice is a powerful mix of music, song, dance and imagery, and features Gluck’s famous and profoundly moving aria Che farò senza Euridice. Sabine Dargent’s set design is described as “sublime”, and Stephen Dodd’s lighting design as “meticulous” (Exeunt Magazine) while Catherine Fay’s costumes are “simply stunning” (Irish Independent)”.
‘It’s a triumph for all’The Sunday Independent
★★★★ ‘An opera of intense, crisp energy’The Irish Times