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Orpheus and Eurydice: The Happy Version
April 29, 2009   
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A version of the classical myth of Orpheus, who descends into Hades to retrieve his beloved Eurydice, will premiere at Warsaw’s National Opera May 23. Directed by Mariusz Treliński, this will be the final premiere in this year’s opera season in the capital.

The ancient tale of Orpheus and Eurydice is one of the best known love stories. In the original Greek version, Orpheus’s descent to Hades did not achieve its aim. In this opera version, however, Ranieri de Calzabigi, who wrote the libretto, changed the tragic ending to a happier outcome. Orpheus, wanting to commit suicide after the loss of his wife, is saved by Amor, the god of love, who also brings Eurydice back to life.

The Wielki Theater orchestra will be conducted by Łukasz Borowicz. The stage design is by Boris Kudlicka, costume design by Magdalena Musiał and choreography by Tomasz Wygoda.

The cast includes Adam Szerszeń as Orpheus, Joanna Wo¶ as Eurydice and Iwona Socha as Amor.

May 23 and 24, 7 p.m., Wielki Theater-National Opera, 1 Teatralny Sq. Tickets zl.15-120, www.teatrwielki.pl, www.ticketonline.pl
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