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Orpheus & Eurydice

Jan. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30, 2022
Tagney Jones Hall, Opera Center
SOLD OUT

Overview

The word “unreal” was justifiably invoked many times after this performance to describe his [Key'mon W. Murrah] expressive and effulgent vocal acrobatics.”

Schmopera


Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck; Libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi

How far would you be willing to go for true love? Travel with Orpheus through an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of darkness and light, as he seeks to rescue his beloved wife Eurydice from the underworld. Set in the intimate Tagney Jones Hall at the Opera Center, with three principal singers and a small orchestra, this captivating production offers a front-row seat to sublime melodies and breathtaking drama. Chía Patiño, former head of Ecuador’s National Theatre, creates an all-new production that puts viewers in the midst of the action, and blurs the line between fantasy and reality.

This production is currently sold out to our 2021/22 season ticket holders.

Performance Information

Performance Information

Tagney Jones Hall, Opera Center

Evening performances at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM

In Italian with English Subtitles

Performance Time: Approximately 90 minutes including 1 intermission. 

Movie-style Rating: PG or PG-13

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Cast

Christopher Ainslie

Orfeo

Countertenor
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Orpheus, Orpheus and Eurydice

Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:
  Arsamenes, Serse (Göttingen Handel Festival); Soloist, Stabat Mater (Royal Concertgebouw); Soloist, St. Matthew Passion (Royal Festival Hall); David, Saul (Théâtre du Châtelet)
Upcoming: Soloist, From Rage to Sleep (Göttingen Handel Festival); Oberon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Malmö Opera)

Last Updated: May 2021

Christopher Ainslie

Orfeo

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 12, 14, 16m, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30m

Key'mon Murrah

Orfeo

Countertenor
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22:
Orpheus, Orpheus and Eurydice

Hometown: Louisville, KY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:
  Mago, Rinaldo, (Glimmerglass); Asprano, Motezuma, Vivaldi, (American Baroque Opera Co.), Tolomeo, Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Red River Lyric Opera  Festival)
Upcoming: Hamor, Jephta, (Komische Oper Berlin)

Last Updated: April 2021

Key'mon Murrah

Orfeo

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 15, 19, 21, 23m, 27, 29

Sharleen Joynt

Amore

Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Amore, Orpheus and Eurydice

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Controller, Flight ('21)
Recently: Cunegonde, Candide (Ravinia Music Festival); Musetta, La bohème (Vancouver Opera); Winnie, Sky on Wings (Opera Philadelphia); Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (Leipzig); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Pacific Opera Victoria); Gilda, Rigoletto (Edmonton Opera)

Last Updated: April 2021

Sharleen Joynt

Amore

Jan. 12, 14, 16m, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30m

Deanna Breiwick

Amore

Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Amore, Orpheus and Eurydice

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:  Bradamante/Pittura, Il Palazzo Incantato (Opéra di Dijon), Coraline, Coraline (Opernhaus Zürich), Norina, Don Pasquale (Berkshire Opera Festival)
Upcoming: Nannetta, Falstaff (Bayerische Staatsoper), Oscar, Un Ballo in Maschera (Bayerische Staatsoper), Najade, Ariadne auf Naxos (The Metropolitan Opera)

Last Updated: June 2021

 

Deanna Breiwick

Amore

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 15, 19, 21, 23m, 27, 29

Ariana Wehr

Eurydice

Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22:
Eurydice, Orpheus and Eurydice; Girlfriend 1/Nurse, Blue

Hometown: Brazil
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:
 Blanche/Sadie, Champion (Boston Lyric Opera); Girlfriend #1/Nurse/Congregant, Blue (Washington National Opera)  
Upcoming: Despina, Così fan tutte (Opera in the Heights); Gretel, Hansel and Gretel (Brava! Opera Theater); Micaela, Carmen (Opera Louisiana)

Last Updated: June 2021

Ariana Wehr

Eurydice

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 12, 14, 16m, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30m

Shelly Traverse

Eurydice

Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: 
Eurydice, Orpheus and Eurydice

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Hero, Beatrice and Benedict ('18)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Chan Parker, Charlie Parker's Yardbird ('20)
Seattle Opera Chorus Member since 2015
Recently: Pamina, The Magic Flute (Vashon Opera);  Lucia, The Rape of Lucretia (Tacoma Opera); Soprano, The Little Match Girl Passion (Eugene Opera)  

Last updated: November 2019

Shelly Traverse

Eurydice

Jan. 13, 15, 19, 21, 23m, 27, 29

Creative Team

Stephen Stubbs

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Orpheus and Eurydice

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: The Combat (’17)
Recently: La Morte d’Orfeo (LA Opera); La Descente d’Orphée aux enfers (Opera UCLA); San Giovanni Battista (Opera Omaha)
Upcoming: Pimpinone (Boston Early Music Festival); The Combat (Kentucky Opera); Circé (Boston Early Music Festival)

Last updated: April 2021

Stephen Stubbs

Conductor

Chía Patiño

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Director, Orpheus and Eurydice

Hometown: Quito, Ecuador
Seattle Opera Debut

Recently: Suite Española: Explorando Iberia (HGODigital); Tosca (Northern Lights Music Festival); Don Giovanni (Butler Opera Center)
Upcoming: 
Cinderella (Northern Lights Music Festival); Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (Butler Opera Center); Florencia en el Amazonas (Opera de Tenerife)

Last Updated: May 2021

Chía Patiño

Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Donald Byrd

Choreographer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Charlie Parker's Yardbird

Hometown: Clearwater, FL
Seattle Opera Debut: Julius Caesar (’07)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Aida (’08);  Semele ('15)
Recently: Greenwood (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre); Love and Loss (Pacific Northwest Ballet); Carousel and Oklahoma (5th Avenue Theater); The Color Purple (Broadway); Julius Caesar (Israeli Opera)  

Last updated: January 2020

Donald Byrd

Choreographer

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