Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus and Eurydice 

Company Wayne McGregor and English National Opera

90 minutes

Direction and Choreography
Wayne McGregor

Christoph Willibald von Gluck

Ranieri de Calzabigi

Set Design
Lizzie Clachan 

Video Design
Ben Cullen Williams

Lighting Design
Jon Clark

Costume Design
Louise Gray

Alice Coote, Sarah Tynan and Soraya Mafi with 16 dancers from Company Wayne McGregor

Premiere date and venue
1 October 2019, London Coliseum, London, UK


The ENO's Orpheus series and the 19/20 season begins with Wayne McGregor’s dance-infused account of Gluck’s great 18thcentury masterpiece Orpheus and Eurydice, 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, 16 dancers from Company Wayne McGregor join the three singers.

British lyric mezzo-soprano Alice Coote returns to ENO to sing Orpheus, 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. 

Commissioned by English National Opera in collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor.