Orphée is deeply in love with his wife, Eurydice. After a fight, she storms off and is killed in a traffic accident. Orphée is inconsolable. He goes on a journey to the Underworld and Elysium to rescue her from death. There is just one rule: He must not look at her until they are back on Earth.
The production is quite a spectacle. Large 20ft tall set pieces glide onto the stage. The cast is enormous with 60 members of the Lyric Opera Chorus and 43 dancers of the The Joffrey Ballet. Also, 47 members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra plus 6 stageband musicians provide the music. The costumes are fantastic, especially the ones for Eurydice and the stonemen.
The dancing is exceptional. Everything from the joy of rehearsal, to the terror of Hades, to the bliss of Elysium is expressed fantastically through ballet. The singing is equally impressive by the title characters. Dmitry Korchak is powerful and emtional as Orphée, and Andriana Chuchman is beautiful and graceful as Eurydice.
Get tickets now for Orphée et Eurydice through October 15th. It’s a two for one deal, opera and ballet!