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Eurydice
Opera | Film Eurydice (ENCORE) Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
Feb 12, 2022
  • 12PM
 
Running Time: 165min

Matthew Aucoin

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus is retold for this opera by his beloved Eurydice, performed by Erin Morley—with music by Matthew Aucoin and libretto by playwright Sarah Ruhl. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. Rising American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story—a product of the Met’s commissioning program. With a libretto by MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view. Yannick Nézet-Séguin oversees the momentous Met premiere from the podium, leading Aucoin’s evocative music and an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman. Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński as his otherworldly alter-ego. Bass-baritone Nathan Berg is Eurydice’s father and fellow resident of the underworld, with tenor Barry Banks as Hades himself.

+ Pre-screening lecture begins at 12pm with screening to follow at 1pm.
GENERAL ADMISSION:  $34 for screening + discussion ($29 for BAM & Met members).