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Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-463-1960
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 11 members
Review from Ken Odom
Red Velvet 198 events 20 reviews

A rarely performed Opera that fits well in this smaller house. Singing and dancing were well integrated and beautifully performed. The set was simple but very effective. Bravo.

reviewed Feb 22 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Anne Krause
105 events 24 reviews

Exquisite singing, especially by Ms. Barber, the mezzo who played Orfeo. Evocative choreography by the artistic director of the Kunst-Stoff Dance group. West Bay Opera showed you can have an extremely rich production of an opera without a budget...continued

reviewed Feb 28 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from gwen
30 events 13 reviews

Acts I-II was excruciating slow. I can't stand female singing male role. It may be the same range-soprano, but it is different sounding. At times the Orfeo character seemed to try too hard to sound manly, thus taking away from the naturalness...continued

reviewed Feb 22 2009 report as inappropriate
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According to legend, when Euridice died a young woman, her husband Orfeo sang and played the lyre so mournfully that the gods wept. The muses encouraged him to go and search for her in the netherworld. His lyre softened the heart of Persephone, who allowed Euridice to return with him, on the condition that he walk ahead of her and not look back until they were back among mortals. Desperate to reassure a doubtful Euridice of his love, Orfeo looked back, and lost her forever. This is the first of Gluck’s reform operas, focused on powerful drama. His most famous work, Orfeo ed Euridice has been an audience favorite for over 200 years.

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