ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE
As part of the BOV Performing Arts Festival, Teatru Manoel is presenting for the first time a new production of Orphée et Eurydice on the 16th, 17th, 19th and 20th March at 8pm.
Considered as Christoph Willibald Gluck’s finest opera, Orphée et Eurydice is based on the myth of Orpheus and set to a libretto by Jean Louis Molineit.
It belongs to the genre of the azione teatrale – an opera on a mythological subject with choruses and dancing. It is the first of Gluck’s reform operas, in which he attempted to replace the abstruse plots and overly complex music of opera seria with a noble simplicity in both the music and the drama. The opera is the most popular of Gluck’s works and one of the most influential in subsequent German opera.
This Maltese premiere will be directed by Denise Mulholland and features mezzo-sopranos Hadar Halevy and Lucia Cirillo sharing the male role of Orphée. Maltese soprano Gillian Zammit plays Eurydice and Francesca Aquilina plays Amour. The chorus is made up of predominantly Maltese singers, and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Philip Walsh. The production will also feature ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble with choreography by Mavin Khoo.
The piece has been re-imagined in the Victorian era and promises to be both moving and visually striking. Artistic director Kenneth Zammit Tabona states, “The concept of bringing the dead back to life is one that has haunted mankind since prehistory. The mythological story of the disconsolate Orpheus bringing his beloved Eurydice back to life has inspired artists, poets and composers to further immortalise it. Excerpts like The Dance of the Blessed Spirits and Que fais-Je sans Eurydice? have long become standard popular fare, and it is this familiarity with the opera that inspired us at the Manoel to produce our own interpretation of this glorious transitional opera on a stage that is eminently suitable to it.”
The opera will be sung in French with English subtitles. Tickets can be purchased from the Manoel Theatre website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 2124 6389. Ticket holders can attend a pre-opera talk at 7.15pm.