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Preview of Orfeo ed Euridice

Stephanie Blythe commands the Met stage as the grieving husband Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice Saturday, May 16 at Noon (ET) on Great Performances at the Met on PBS HD (check local listings).

Great Performances at the Met is a presentation of THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG – one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers.

Orfeo ed Euridice is the mythical tale of poet-singer Orfeo, who driven by despair, enters the underworld determined to retrieve his dead wife.  Mezzo-Soprano Blythe, in her first performance as Orfeo, battles the Furies with her powerhouse voice and “conveys piercing emotional subtleties with every glance and phrase,” wrote The New York Times.  Danielle de Niese co-stars as the beloved wife Euridice.  Mark Morris directs and choreographs, featuring costumes by Isaac Mizrahi.  The telecast is conducted by James Levine and presented by THIRTEEN’s award-winning performances series Great Performances.

Also starring soprano Heidi Grant Murphy as the god of love Amor, Great Performances at the Met: Orfeo ed Euridice is the eighth of 11 productions airing this season on the series.  The performance is sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Great Performances is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, public television viewers, and PBS.  Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers.  Special funding for this telecast is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For the Met, Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are Supervising Producers, and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers.  Peter Gelb is Executive Producer.  For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.