Euridice (Peri/Oliver) and Iphigenie auf Tauris (Gluck/Bausch)

Picture of Eurydice being led by Orpheus

British Youth Opera are putting on a Euridice at the Peacock Theatre on Wednesday 8 September and Saturday 11 September.  They describe it thus:

Based on the Orpheus myth that fascinated
renaissance artists and musicians, Euridice
weaves the translucent 16th-century vocal
writing of the first ever opera composer, Jacopo
Peri, into a distinctively modern opera by
Stephen Oliver.

Marking the 60th anniversary of Oliver’s birth,
this new semi-staged production is performed
with a cast of eighteen singers and an on stage
ensemble of eight players, creating an enthralling
piece of theatre combining old with new, ideally
suited to a cast of young singers.

Apparently Peri’s Euridice was premiered in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, on 6 October 1600…

Picture of Iphigenia among the Taurians

Meanwhile (in fact, rather later) Sadlers Wells is offering Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch–Iphigenie auf Tauris on 27, 28, 30 and 31 October.  As far as I can make out, this is the opera by Gluck, except that the singers are stationed at the sides of the stage, leaving it clear for the dancers; details here.

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