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Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-463-1960
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3 stars
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172 events
19 reviews
62 stars
attended Feb 22 2009

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.

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13 reviews
6 stars
attended Feb 22 2009

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

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Dee
6 events
3 reviews
2 stars
attended Feb 20 2009

Anyone who doesn't know Gluck's music and/or would like to expand their opera repertoire experience should see this production. Extremely well-done, with the chorus, the wonderful professional dancers, soloists, and evocative modern sets and...continued

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Description

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.

About the Ticket Supplier: West Bay Opera

Performing both the familiar and the adventurous, West Bay Opera seeks to please and challenge singers and audiences with three productions per season, one each in October, February, and May. The repertoire includes standard popular works, lesser-known operas and operettas, and occasionally operas by modern composers. Some of West Bay Opera’s greatest successes result from undertaking formidable artistic challenges. Past accomplishments include Bellini’s rarely-performed Norma, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the original Russian, and Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. The principal consideration is always to give talented young opera singers an opportunity to perform challenging roles and, in turn, to give audiences the pleasure of hearing these singers on their way to fame.