Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus and Eurydice 

Company Wayne McGregor and English National Opera

Wayne McGregor

Christoph Gluck's 'Orpheus and Eurydice' 

Harry Bicket

Lighting Design
Jon Clark

Costume Design
Louise Gray

Premiere date and venue
1 October 2019, London Coliseum


The ENO's Orpheus series and the 19/20 season begins with Wayne McGregor’s dance-infused account of Gluck’s great 18thcentury masterpiece, in Hector Berlioz’s version. The bridging point between the baroque and the new vivid dramatic works of the classical period, Gluck’s extraordinary melodies helped secure the Orpheus myth as one of the cornerstones of opera for centuries to come.

Wayne McGregor makes his ENO directorial debut with this production. An exploration of grief and loss in the human body, 14 dancers from Company Wayne McGregor join the three singers.

Legend of British opera Dame Sarah Connolly returns to ENO for the first time since 2016’s Lulu to sing her first Orpheus in London, while ENO favourite Sarah Tynan sings Eurydice. ENO Harewood Artist Soraya Mafi sings Love, continuing her career as one of Britain’s most exciting young sopranos.

Harry Bicket, Artistic Director of the English Concert and Music Director of Santa Fe Opera, conducts, returning to where he began his career on the ENO music staff. Noted for his classical and baroque work, he brings a fine period sensibility to this piece.

Lizzie Clachan, one of UK theatre’s most acclaimed designers, provides the set for all four Orpheus productions.