Orphée et Eurydice
Wed and Sat at 7:30 pm, matinee Sun Mar 4 at 2 pm. Through Mar 10.
McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St
"At its core, Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice is about discipline. Translated from Italian to French in 1774, Orphée represents a pivotal reform in opera that eschewed florid excess. This is not the prior era's musical porn flick—in which the dialogue was merely a stepping-stone to segue from one orgasmic aria to the next—but a concise alignment of lyrics that carry the plot. Gluck's score is likewise succinct, characterized by an almost militant Germanic efficiency in meter and phrasing. This reflects the Orpheus myth itself: By complete focus on your love despite rejection, the benevolent gods will grant you harmony. Just be disciplined and endure. But tenor William Burden as Orphee has no place in this cosmos—is goofy acting would be excusable if his voice could carry the show. But even that is never strong, only serviceable. It's like casting Jim Carrey in Schindler's List." (Dominic Holden) Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall.
February 29, 2012
William Burden Lives Up to His Last Name in Orphée et Eurydice
321 Mercer St
Seattle, WA, 98109