Greek myth of love’s power at Seattle Opera
By Kate Hudson Saturday was opening night of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice at the Seattle Opera and SpotlightSeattle was in attendance for this Greek epic performance of love’s power to triumph over all.
While this opera is performed in French with subtitles in English, we noticed the subtitles are hardly necessary. The evocative and emotionally compelling singing and performance clearly illustrate the opera’s plot.
Without giving too much away, Orpheus dramatically descends into the underworld to bring back his true love – Eurydice. With the help Amore, Orpheus defies the Furies of Hades, reunites with Eurydice in the paradise of the Elysian Fields and eventually leads her out from the underworld.
This opera offers wonderfully crafted libretto and fantastic music accompaniment with choral passages, imaginative ballets, vivid duets and Orpheus’ famous lament over Eurydice’s death.
A personal favorite was the simple yet highly demonstrative scenery and costumes of Hades and the Elysian Fields that contributed to the opera’s overall theatric fervor.
Orpheus and Eurydice is running at the Seattle Opera through March 10.