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Orfeo, Eurydice & The Serpent - Jessica Grigg, mezzo-soprano

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Published on Mar 17, 2010

EPK Interview with mezzo-soprano Jessica Grigg performing Che faro senza Euridice (excerpt) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

ORFEO, EURYDICE & THE SERPENT

Friday, April 9 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 11 at 6:00 pm

Five Words in a Line presents "Orfeo, Eurydice & The Serpent" - a new satirical chamber opera made up entirely of fragments from multiple versions of the Orpheus myth at Theatre 80 St Marks on Friday, April 9 and Sunday, April 11. Bits of recitative, arias, duets and trios from known scores by Claudio Monteverdi, Christoph Willibald Gluck and Jacques Offenbach are interspersed with rarely performed music by Baroque composers Luigi Rossi, Antonio Sartorio and Georg Telemann, classicist Joseph Haydn and the 20th Century composer Darius Milhaud with additional instrumental music on the underworld by Hector Berlioz, Franz Schubert and George Crumb.

Mezzo-soprano Jessica Grigg plays a vain Orfeo long past his prime with soprano Sara Paar as the philandering Eurydice hell-bent on climbing the social ladder one husband at a time. Soprano Helen Gabrielsen brings out the best vices in both as the cunning Serpent who takes a bite out of Eurydice and lures the couple down to the underworld for an extended stay.

ORFEO, EURYDICE & THE SERPENT

Jessica Grigg, mezzo soprano, as Orfeo
Sara Paar, soprano, as Eurydice
Helen Gabrielsen, soprano, as The Serpent

Directed by Lynn Neuman
ARTICHOKE DANCE COMPANY

Jessica Corbin, conductor

GUIDO'S EAR
Nathan Botts, trumpet
David Walker, theorbo
Aaron Brown, violin
Dongmyung Ahn, violin
Benjamin Wolff, cello

Theatre 80 St Marks
80 St Marks Place
New York, NY

Advance tickets $25 online at www.fivewordsinaline.org

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