Orpheus

After Monteverdi

14 October – 19 November 2022

Dates & venues

A reimagining of Monteverdi’s opera

The story begins with the wedding of Orpheus – a musician of mythical power – to Eurydice. But the celebrations are cut brutally short by Eurydice’s sudden death. This is a grief too great for Orpheus to bear, and he resolves to do anything he can to return her to life.

Monteverdi is often credited with inventing opera in this experimental ‘fable in music’, which both celebrates and demonstrates the transcendent power of music to touch the heart and express the deepest human emotions of love and grief.

Honouring Monteverdi’s pioneering spirit, this new version of Orpheus is born of a union of uniquely talented singers and musicians from both the South Asian and western classical traditions, who invite us to join them in a thrilling reimagining of a beautiful baroque masterpiece.

In collaboration with South Asian Arts-uk.

Price
From £15*
Venues
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Language
Multilingual with English titles

Accessibility
Audio described performances

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Cast & creative

A white woman with long, dark hair and large stud earrings.
Kezia Bienek
Jasdeep Singh Degun
Amy Freston
A man of South Asian heritage with a beard smiling and looking to his left.
Ustad Shahbaz Hussain
A woman of South Asian heritage wearing a necklace and with a nose stud.
Supriya Nagarajan
A man of South Asian heritage with a beard and wearing a turban. He is holding a Tar-Shehnai against his shoulder.
Kirpal Singh Panesar
A man of South Asian heritage with a beard and wearing a black turban.
Kaviraj Singh
A man of South Asian heritage holding a flute against his shoulder.
Vijay Venkat
Nicholas Watts

Orpheus

Black and white headshot of Laurence Cummings
Laurence Cummings

Musical Director

Jasdeep Singh Degun

Musical Director/Additional arrangement and musical material

A man of South Asian heritage with a beard. He is wearing glasses and a white turban.
Ustad Dharambir Singh

Indian music and artistic consultant

A woman with short wavy hair wearing a fleece.
Anna Himali Howard

Director

Leslie Travers

Set and Costume Designer

A man with short dark hair and light stubble.
Jackie Shemesh

Lighting Designer

A black woman with dark eyes looking into the camera.
Simone Ibbett-Brown

Associate Director

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