Sat 19 November

Opera North - Orpheus

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Journey to another world of love and music

The wedding of the year is here as Orpheus, a musician of mythical power, marries graceful Eurydice. When the newlyweds’ joy is shattered by the sudden death of Eurydice, our heartbroken hero sets off on a mission to the underworld to rescue his bride, certain that his love will overcome adversity. Can Orpheus conquer fate, or will his heart be broken for a second time?

This adventurous new production of the ancient tragedy is told through a meeting of the worlds of Indian and western baroque classical music. The bowed strings of the violin and the tar shehnai, the hammered strings of the santoor, the plucked strings of the harpsichord and sitar, and the rhythms of the tabla shape a unique and beautiful musical encounter between East and West.

Music Directors Jasdeep Singh Degun and Laurence Cummings weave together their respective traditions of Indian classical and western early music, joined by an exciting cast including Ashnaa Sasikaran and Nicholas Watts.

In collaboration with South Asian Arts-uk.


The release of emotion at the end is – to use a word that frequently butts its way into discussion of this Orpheus – amazing.

The Reviews Hub

A collaboration of beauty and magic

The Times

The first great opera of the Western tradition gets a South Asian twist for an Orpheus that looks forward as well as back

The Telegraph

Sheer boldness of vision… an outstanding cross-cultural success

The Stage

I would have liked to hear it all over again

The Observer

A complete triumph…enchanting from the start

The Arts Desk


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