Orpheus and Eurydice is a timeless opera based on the myth of Orpheus, who goes to the Underworld to save his wife Eurydice. The protagonist of this opera pushes and redefines boundaries, he believes in himself and the possibility to change his faith. The celebration of our human strength both as individuals and as a community are the focus of this production. We invite members of the local community in Southwark to take part in this production by participating in free workshops on acting and singing, and performing in the opera alongside professional singers.
The musical director of this production is Andrew Charity (musical director of the Olivier-award winning production of La Boheme in 2009), who also created a new English translation of Gluck’s opera. Stage director Pamela Schermann and her company Time Zone Theatre return to the Rose Playhouse, Bankside after their successful contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew in 2013, which received numerous 5- and 4-Star-Reviews.
In the year of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s tercentenary, Time Zone Theatre presents his most famous opera Orpheus and Eurydice in a new English translation by Andrew Charity for 12 performances at the Rose Playhouse, Bankside. This timeless opera is based on the myth of Orpheus, who goes to the Underworld to save his wife Eurydice. He manages to persuade the furies, softened by his music, to let Eurydice return with him, but there is one condition: Orpheus must walk in front of her and not look back until they both have reached the earth again.
Apart from professional opera singers, who will sing the soloist parts of Orpheus, Eurydice and Amor, and the 8-person all-female opera choir, the production will also feature a community choir. The protagonist of this opera pushes and redefines boundaries, he believes in himself and the possibility to change his faith. The celebration of the human strength both as individuals and as a community are the focus of this production. Members of the local community in Southwark are invited to take part in this production by participating in free workshops on acting and singing, and performing in the opera alongside professional singers.
The producing company Time Zone Theatre is an international theatre company based in London, which encourages collaboration between British and international artists and produces bold and daring work with room for experimentation. Recent productions include The Last Day (Waterloo East Theatre, 2012), Werther’s Sorrows (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2012) and Salome (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012 & transfer to Etcetera Theatre, London). In 2013, their contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew received numerous 4- and 4-Star-Reviews, naming it one of the most outstanding, unique and meaningful Shakespeare adaptations recently“ (Remotegoat, 5 Stars) and one of the best Shakespeare interpretations this reviewer has ever seen“ (Everything Theatre, 5 Stars). More information at www.timezonetheatre.com.
For this production, Time Zone Theatre joins forces with Austrian opera company OPERN SPACE, which focuses on presenting operas in unusual venues, and independent French producer Eric Douchin.
The production is directed by Austrian director Pamela Schermann, the musical director is Andrew Charity. The cast features Robin Green (Orpheus), Mimi Doulton (Eurydice) and Darja Scukina (Amor). The musical ensemble will consist of keyboard, harp, violin and flute.
The Rose, Bankside
56 Park Street London SE1 9AR
Dates: 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28 June 2014 at 7.30pm (Sun at 3pm).
Box office: 0207 261 9565 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets: £ 16 (£ 12 Concessions)
Posted Tuesday 29th April 2014