Orfeo ed Euridice

Christoph Willibald Gluck | Concert performance

20 October – 18 November 2022

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A dramatic concert performance

A broken heart, a grieving widower, a timeless love story. Orfeo is on a mission through the underworld of Hades to rescue his love Euridice. But there’s a catch: he must not look back or speak to her, or he’ll lose her for all eternity.

Gluck reserved some of his finest arias for the doomed lovers, including Orfeo’s heart breaking cry for his lost love ‘Che farò senza Euridice’. Overflowing with hope, desire, and the utter agony of heartbreak, this pioneering masterpiece cuts straight to the heart in a stripped-back concert performance that elevates the emotional power of the music and the splendour of the chorus and orchestra. Conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Antony Hermus.

The Orchestra of Opera North is joined by guest soloists including Alice Coote as Orfeo (ex. 26 Oct), Polly Leech as Orfeo (26 Oct), Fflur Wyn as Euridice and Daisy Brown as Amor.

From £10*

Running time
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes including one interval

Sung in Italian with English titles

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Cast & creative

A woman wearing large earrings.
Alice Coote

Orfeo (EXC. 26 OCT)

A woman with long hair and looking into the camera.
Polly Leech

Orfeo (26 OCT)

Fflur Wyn


A woman with long, dark hair.
Daisy Brown


Antony Hermus

Conductor (EXC. 4 NOV)

Black and white headshot of Laurence Cummings
Laurence Cummings

Conductor (4 NOV)

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Meet our Orfeo

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Opera North’s Principal Guest Conductor looks forward to taking the podium for Orfeo ed Euridice.

‘Che faro senza Euridice’ from Orfeo ed Eurdice sung by Irish mezzo Paula Murrihy with the Orchestra of Opera North under Laurence Cummings. Recorded at Leeds Town Hall in 2021.

Orfeo ed Euridice

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