About the showIt has been more than 30 years since Harrison Birtwistle’s masterpiece The Mask of Orpheus was last performed in London. ENO Artistic Consultant Daniel Kramer’s sprawling production plays at the London Coliseum as part of ENO’s Orpheus season. Witness this complex and gratifying piece from 18 October 2019.
The Mask of Orpheus received great critical acclaim when it premiered at London's English National Opera in 1986. The opera features music by Harrison Birtwistle and libretto by Peter Zinovieff. The tale of Orpheus, the Greek mythical figure, it examines the story's many contradictions. The piece is performed in English and displays surtitles above the stage.
Take the pain with the love, and whatever you do, don't even think about looking back. When Orpheus’ wife Eurydice is snatched away from him to the underworld, he embarks on a mission to rescue her, whatever the cost. Hope slowly turns to despair as the gods interfere.
Peter Hoare stars in the role of Orpheus the Man alongside Daniel Norman who plays Orpheus the Myth. Marta Fontanals-Simmons performs the role of Eurydice the Woman and Susan Bickley plays Eurydice the Myth. They're joined on stage by James Cleverton, Claron McFadden, Simon Bailey and Robert Hayward.
Daniel Kramer has been Artistic Director of the English National Opera since spring 2016. He is the winner of a South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. The production's conductor is ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins. The pair lately collaborated on Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel, and War Requiem. Costume design is courtesy of Daniel Lismore.
The Mask of Orpheus is a story of grief and redemption and the highs and lows of love, underpinned by an epic score. Catch it at the London Coliseum from 18 October 2019.