orphée et eurydice 

cape town opera | baxter theatre | 2019

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set design

costume design

choreography

lighting

conductor

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Chris Pienaar

Birrie le Roux

Louisa Talbot

Kobus Rossouw

Tim Murray

Kim Stevenson

PRESS:

 

"For all its celebration of human love, its floral décor and tender passages, this production of Gluck’s masterpiece has a disturbing edginess which makes it refreshingly astringent. Even a happy ending wrought by the compassion of Amour (Cupid) for Orphée’s anguish is ambiguous, leaving the audience wondering whether Eurydice falls gently asleep after reunion with her beloved, or whether she dies for the third time, her death accepted at last with quiet resignation by Orphée? Both interpretations are equally plausible ... Louisa Talbot has brought her choreographic skill in this genre to complement the Orphic legend, and the CTO chorus rise as one to the challenge of expressive body language and synchronised ensemble while singing with their accustomed lustre ... an evening of rewarding opera" WEEKEND SPECIAL

★★★★★ "In terms of choreography this production sets the bar to another level. [It is] integral to the way that the protagonists relate - physically and emotionally. Talbot and Wild have worked extensively together ... It is thrilling to see them bring their skills to imagining this opera for contemporary audiences. This is opera-theatre." THE CAPE ROBYN