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S49 Ep18

Great Performances at the Met: Eurydice

Premiere: 3/6/2022 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the Underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. With a libretto by Sarah Ruhl adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view.

About the Episode

Premieres Sunday, March 6 on PBS (check local listings)
New York metro area premiere is Sunday, March 13 at 12 p.m. on THIRTEEN

American composer Matthew Aucoin’s new production of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view. Adapted from Sarah Ruhl’s acclaimed 2003 play, Met Opera Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts with immersive new staging by director Mary Zimmerman. Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński as his otherworldly alter-ego. Bass-baritone Nathan Berg portrays Eurydice’s father and fellow resident of the underworld, with tenor Barry Banks as Hades himself. Great Performances at the Met: Eurydice premieres Sunday, March 6 on PBS (check local listings) as part of #PBSForTheArts. The New York metro area premiere is Sunday, March 13 at 12 p.m. on THIRTEEN. Met Opera soprano Renée Fleming hosts.

#PBSForTheArts is a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the arts in America. For more than 50 years, PBS has been the media destination for the arts, presenting dance, theater, opera, visual arts and concerts to Americans in every corner of the country. Previous Great Performances  programs include Romeo & Juliet  from the National Theatre, The Arts Interrupted, Coppelia, From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2022 and Reopening: The Broadway Revival. The collection of #PBSForTheArts programs is available at and the PBS Video app. Curated conversation and digital shorts are also available on PBS social media platforms using #PBSForTheArts.


  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Conductor
  • Erin Morley – Eurydice
  • Joshua Hopkins – Orpheus
  • Jakub Józef Orliński – Orpheus’ Double
  • Barry Banks – Hades
  • Nathan Berg – Father


  • Matthew Aucoin – Composer
  • Mary Zimmerman – Production
  • Sarah Ruhl – Libretto
  • Daniel Ostling – Set Designer
  • Ana Kuzmanic – Costume Designer
  • J. Gerckens – Lighting Designer
  • Denis Jones – Choreographer
  • Katy Tucker – Projection Designer
  • Paul Cremo – Dramaturg

Great Performances at the Met is produced by the Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of opera fans across the country. Eurydice is directed for the screen by Gary Halvorson. 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.

Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met  is provided by Toll Brothers. For Great Performances, funding is provided by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund and The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation.


Join us at the Met for Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl'''s brand new American opera based on Orpheus and Eurydice and its tragic themes of love and loss.

Only this time, Eurydice gets top billing.

♪♪♪♪ What was my husband's name? ♪♪♪ Look for Erin Morley, Joshua Hopkins and a brilliant cast as Eurydice journeys through the Underworld.

Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, don't miss 'Eurydice,' from Great Performances at the Met.


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