Publisher: Chester Music
commissioned by the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA and the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Opera in two acts
Libretto (French) by the composer based on the film by Jean Cocteau.
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
2 Hours 20 Minutes
English, French, German
2 Sopranos, Mezzo Soprano, 3 Tenors, Baritone, 2 Basses
Princessa - soprano
Eurydice - soprano
Heurtebise - tenor
Orphee - baritone
Based on Cocteau's fascinating retelling of the Orpheus myth, "Orphée", the first opera of Philip Glass' Cocteau Trilogy, is an extended, parable on the life of an artist, a poet harassed and misunderstood by peers. His success leads to ridicule by fellow poets, ending in a creatively crippling isolation. With a renewed apprehension of his own mortality, Orphée regains his emotional strength, enabling him to ignore the trials of ordinary life, freeing him to be a poet. The poets Orphée and Cégeste, Euridice, and a mysterious Princess interact within the worlds of the living and the dead, existing in that mysterious realm that separates the two worlds. Love triumphs and thus returns Orphée and Euridice to mortal life, with no remaining consciousness of their unusual time spent between "the worlds." The Princess has violated the laws of life and death one time too many and is banished into oblivion.
Philip Cutlip, Lisa Saffer, Ryan MacPherson, Georgia Jarman