According to legend, Orpheus' magical power as a musician enabled him to regain his wife from the dead on the condition he did not look at her on the journey back from Hades - a condition that proved impossible to fulfill. In Harry Kupfer's updated version, Orfeo, in leather jacket and jeans, sees his Euridice die in a street accident. Succumbing to depression, he languishes in Hades - a psychiatric hospital - before taking his electric guitar to charm the beasts in an inner-city jungle. Hans Schasvernoch has designed an ingenious set with projected imagery on revolving screens and mirrors. The German alto Jochen Kowalski, gives a virtuoso performance as Orfeo, with the young British soprano Gillian Webster as Euridice. The opera is conducted by Hartmut Haenchen
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Jochen KowalskiGillian WebsterJeremy Budd
Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck's
The Royal Opera ChorusChorus Director: Robin Stapleton
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera HouseLeader: John BrownConductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Stage Director: Harry KupferCo-Director: Klaus-Dieter MullerSets: Hans SchavernochCostumes: Eleonore KleiberLighting: Willibald KammerMovement: Lothar WiebeExecutive Producer: Jane SeymourProducer: Derek BaileyVideo Director: Hans Hulscher
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