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The Mask of Orpheus - Birtwistle

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Conductor - Martyn Brabbins

Director - Daniel Kramer

Orpheus Man - Peter Hoare

Eurydice Woman - Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Orpheus Myth - Daniel Norman

Eurydice Myth - Claire Barnett-Jones

Harrison Birtwistle’s iconic masterpiece retells the Orpheus myth in a non-linear narrative, as the opera’s leading characters appear in three distinct guises.

The Mask of Orpheus, with a libretto by Peter Zinovieff, is scored for massive orchestral forces, which builds into a three dimensional picture that leads us from inconsolable grief to acceptance and transformation.

ENO Artistic Consultant Daniel Kramer’s staging will be the first in London since its premiere at the London Coliseum over 30 years ago. He is joined by conductor and ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins, following their collaborations on War Requiem and Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel.

Costume designs are by ‘England’s most outrageous dresser’ (Vogue) Daniel Lismore

Earlier Event: November 7
The Mask of Orpheus - Birtwistle
Later Event: December 6
Szenen aus Goethes Faust - Schumann