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Season 2022-23 / Operas

Orfeo ed Euridice

Running time: 100 minutes
Teatro Massimo
Tickets from € 18,00


From19 to 21, 23,24 and 26 September 2023 |Main Stage, Teatro Massimo

Opera in three acts
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Conductor Gabriele Ferro
Director and Coreographer Danilo Rubeca
Scene Designs Domenico Franchi
Costume Designs Alessio Rosati
Lighting Designs Marco Giusti
Assistant Director & Coreographer Emanuele Burrafato
Assistant Scene Designs Francesca Nieddu
Assistant Costume Designs Rosa Mariotti
New production

Teatro Massimo Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Chorus Master Salvatore Punturo
Ballet Director Jean-Sébastien Colau


Orfeo Filippo Mineccia
Euridice Federica Guida
Amore Nofar Yacobi

Teatro Massimo Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Chorus Master Salvatore Punturo
Ballet Director Jean-Sébastien Colau

Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes without interval

The Premiere (Sept 19) will be available in free livestreaming on the Teatro Massimo WebTV

Listening Guides (in Italian)

• Thursday September 14, 6pm in Sala Onu, Invito all’ascolto by the Friends of del Teatro Massimo with Lorenzo Mattei
• Tuesday September 19,
6:30pm in Sala Onu, Vi racconto l’opera with Beatrice Monroy, Sabrina Petyx e Gigi Borruso



Act I

A chorus of nymphs and shepherds sings a mourning hymn around the tomb of Eurydice (“Ah, se intorno a quest’urna funesta”). Orpheus asks them to leave him alone, and express his grief for the death of his wife, his rage against the cruel gods, and his determination to bring Eurydice back to life (“Chiamo il mio ben così”). Cupid appears and tells Orpheus that Jove allows him to descend to the underworld to try to reclaim his wife. Orpheus must appease the Furies with his music and bring Eurydice back to the upper world without never looking at her or explaining his behaviour, otherwise he will lose her for ever (“Gli sguardi trattieni”). Orpheus heads to Hades with his lyre as only weapon.

Act II

The gates of Hades are guarded by Furies and demons, who threatens Orpheus with their dance (“Chi mai dell’Erebo fra le caligini”). Orpheus plays his lyre and sings his despair (“Deh, placatevi con me”). The Furies at first refuse to let him move on into the Elysian Fields. Then they are gradually touched by his laments and moved by his singing, and they let him pass the entrance of the underworld. The scene is now in the Elysian Fields. Orpheus arrives, seeking his beloved wife (“Che puro ciel”). The Blessed Spirits restore Eurydice, veiled, to Orpheus, and he hurries to lead her away, without looking at her.


Orpheus and Eurydice are on their road to the upper world. Eurydice, who doesn’t know of the gods injunction, is suspicious, and asks him to explain his behaviour or at least to look at her (“Vieni, appaga il tuo consorte”). Orpheus tries to keep his face turned away and to bring her to the upper world, but when she faints, he is forced to to infringe the gods’ will. As soon as their eyes meet, Eurydice dies again with a last farewell. Orpheus is desperate and about to kill himself (“Che farò senza Euridice”). Cupid appears and announces that Orpheus’ love and faith have moved again the gods. Eurydice is restored to life, and they will enjoy a new life of pleasures and love on earth (“Divo Amor, son tue pene”). Nymphs and shepherds celebrate with dances the power of Cupid (“Trionfi Amore”).

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