Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice from West Bay Opera
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The last date listed for Orfeo ed Euridice was Sunday March 1, 2009 / 2:00pm.
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.