"entrancing and perplexing"
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"an all-embracing spectacle"
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"stylish and evocative"
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About the show

ENO joins up with award-winning composer Philip Glass again, this time to present a new production of Glass’ opera Orphée. Catch it during its a limited run at the London Coliseum from 15 November 2019.

Orphée is based on the films of Jean Cocteau and is the first instalment in a trilogy by Glass. It was written in 1991, going on to premiere in 1993. In director Netia Jones’ intriguing production, live action shares space with large projections, which feature snippets from Cocteau’s 1950 film.

Beware self-absorption and allow love save you. Orphée, despite being married to Eurydice, has fallen in love with an enigmatic princess. Moving between the underworld and the land of the living, Orphée becomes gradually obsessed with the idea of immortality.

Baritone Nicholas Lester stars as Orphée. His Eurydice is played by Sarah Tynan, who plays the role for the second instance in ENO’s season. Nicky Spence and Anthony Gregory join them; both are former ENO Harewood Artists. Soprano Jennifer France makes her ENO debut in the part of the Princess.

Composer Philip Glass has made a name for himself thanks to his distinctive, minimalistic works. He has been decorated with a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and many other awards. Glass has previously collaborated with ENO on Satyagraha and Akhnaten.

The piece's conductor is Geoffrey Paterson. Netia Jones makes her ENO directorial debut but is also the costume and video designer and is responsible for translation alongside Emma Jenkins. Set design is by Lizzie Clachan and lighting design comes from Lucy Carter.

A stunning revival with a mesmerising tale at its heart, Orphée can be seen at the London Coliseum from 15 November 2019.

Who Should See It?

Those who enjoy the distinctive work of Philip Glass, such as Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten, will find the artist at his enigmatic best here, and won't want to miss the chance to secure Orphée tickets.

Playing at

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
Seating Plan

London Coliseum seating plan

Booking period

15th Nov 2019

24th Jan 2020

29th Nov 2019

Running time

2 hours 40 mins


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