About the showWayne McGregor turns his hand to directing with his ENO debut Orpheus and Eurydice. This sublime and heart-wrenching 18th century opera runs at the London Coliseum from 1 October 2019.
Based on tales from Greek mythology, Orpheus and Eurydice was composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck and was first staged in 1762 Vienna. The piece features the famous ‘Dance of the Blessed Spirits’, a classical staple. Created with Studio Wayne McGregor, this production uses a libretto by Pierre-Louis Moline in a version by Hector Berlioz.
Orpheus will stop at nothing to rescue his beloved wife Eurydice from the underworld. The gods grant him a chance to bring her home, but there is a fiendish catch. If they are to be reunited, Orpheus must not look back at Eurydice as he leaves, or he will never see her again.
Mezzo Dame Sarah Connolly returns to ENO in the starring role of Orpheus. Company favourite Sarah Tynan plays opposite her as Eurydice, with ENO Harewood Artist Soraya Mafi playing the part of Love. They are joined by 16 dancers from Company Wayne McGregor.
Wayne McGregor was awarded a CBE for Services to Dance in 2011. He holds the position of Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor and is also Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.
A legendary tale told through divine dance and an enduring score, McGregor’s Orpheus and Eurydice is one to catch. See it at the London Coliseum during its limited season from 1 October 2019.