John Eliot Gardiner Conducts Star-Studded 'Orphée et Eurydice'

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Juan Diego Flórez in Gluck's 'Orphée et Eurydice' at Covent Garden. Juan Diego Flórez in Gluck's 'Orphée et Eurydice' at Covent Garden. (Bill Cooper/Royal Opera House)

An operatic adaptation of the Orpheus myth had already been in circulation for 150 years when Gluck decided to turn it into an opera of his own in the 18th century. The tale of the lute player Orpheus's decent into the underworld to bring his dead wife back to the living, provided the plot for Monteverdi's Orfeo, largely considered to be first opera ever written. This week World of Opera presents Gluck's richly orchestrated version, Orphée et Eurydice.

Juan Diego Flórez and Lucy Crowe star as the title characters, and Amanda Forsythe sings the role of Amor in this production from Covent Garden. John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, and Lisa Simeone hosts the broadcast.

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Orpheus: Juan Diego Flórez (tenor)
Eurydice: Lucy Crowe (soprano)
Amor: Amanda Forsythe (soprano)

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

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