Met Opera: Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice

Met Opera: Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice

Met Opera: Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. Rising American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story. With a libretto by MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium, leading Aucoin’s evocative music and an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman. Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński as his otherworldly alter ego.

Expertly wrought, finely produced, and performed  with genuine show-biz verve … A composer with vocal music in his bones. Aucoin’s command of the genre is dazzling … For a good time, knock at the gates of Hell.” —Vulture  / New York magazine 

“A beguiling tour of the underworld and an arresting tour de force … Soprano Erin Morley was superb … Her voice is lithe, lean and luminous … Eurydice gives us much to look forward to.” —The Washington Post 

“Matthew Aucoin is a musical intellect of staggering facility … A font of musical ideas … It’s enjoyable to hear the Met Orchestra tackle the brilliant score under Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s leadership. Morley sings Eurydice beautifully, with lovely high notes, and Joshua Hopkins is a vigorous Orpheus.” —Financial Times 

Tackles one of opera’s foundational stories and  finds something new to say about it …. Morley’s vibrant soprano encompassed Eurydice’s naiveté, playfulness and growing understanding … Nézet-Séguin artfully made the score’s percussive extremes expressive.” —The Wall Street Journal

Release Date: Feb 19, 2022
Rating: E
Runtime: 183 mins

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