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Preview of Orfeo ed Euridice
Posted: May 11th, 2009

Airing May 17 at noon, Orfeo ed Euridice is the mythical tale of poet-singer Orfeo, who driven by despair, enters the underworld determined to retrieve his dead wife. Mezzo-Soprano Blythe, in her first performance as Orfeo, battles the Furies with her powerhouse voice and “conveys piercing emotional subtleties with every glance and phrase,” wrote The New York Times. Danielle de Niese co-stars as the beloved wife Euridice. Mark Morris directs and choreographs, featuring costumes by Isaac Mizhari. The telecast is conducted by James Levine and presented by THIRTEEN’s award-winning performances series Great Performances.

Also starring soprano Heidi Grant Murphy as the god of love Amor, Great Performances at the Met: Orfeo ed Euridice is the eighth of 11 productions airing this season on the series. The performance is sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Watch a preview here on the SundayArts Web site.

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