Matthew Wild highlights the talents of Cape Town Opera in Orphée et Eurydice
Matthew Wild highlights the talents of Cape Town Opera in Orphée et Eurydice

Cape Town Opera premieres the seldom-seen French version of Gluck’s opera Orphée et Eurydice. 

The production will be staged at the Baxter Theatre on Tuesday, 3 September and Thursday 5 September from 7.30pm to 9pm, and on Saturday, 7 September 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Conducted by Tim Murray

Gluck’s dream of creating a new style of opera, distinguished by classical simplicity and dramatic integrity, was exquisitely realised in his setting of the Orpheus story.

Climaxing in the much-loved aria J’ai perdu mon Eurydice, his dramatization of Orphée’s descent into the underworld in pursuit of his wife Eurydice stands as a moving testament to the power of music.

The company will be conducted by Cape Town Opera Associate Music Director Tim Murray. Matthew Wild’s new production will showcase the extraordinary talents of the CTO Chorus, using movement and poetic imagery to create a new vision of this haunting myth.

CTO’s Orphée et Eurydice remains an opera with dance, and the story ultimately belongs to the three outstanding singers Fleur Barron (Orphée), Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi (Eurydice), Brittany Smith (Amour) and the powerful Cape Town Opera chorus.

English and isiXhosa translations are projected above the stage.

Book Orphée et Eurydice tickets here.

Who: Cape Town Opera
What: Orphée et Eurydice
When: 3, 5 September, 7.30pm to 9pm, 7 September 2019, 6pm to 7.30pm
Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town