Saturday, 1 February 2020

Today : world première of 'Eurydice' by Matthew Aucoin in Los Angeles

Today, the Los Angeles Opera presents the world première of Eurydice, an opera in three acts composed by Matthew Aucoin, with a libretto by Sarah Ruhl.

It is the composer's third opera after Crossing (Boston, MA, May 29, 2015) and Second Nature (Chicago, August 19, 2015).
Tragically killed on her wedding day, a young bride descends into the underworld, where she reconnects with her adoring father. Presented with the opportunity to return to her husband in the world of the living, she must now choose between the two men she loves. (reproduced from the Los Angeles Opera website)
The score is published by AMP (Associated Music Publishers). According the the Music Sales Classical website, the required orchestra is the following :

- 3 flutes (doubling 2 piccolos), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 2 bassoons (doubling 2 contrabassoons) ;
- 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba ;
- timpani and 4 percussion players ;
- piano and 2 harps ;
- strings.

The vocal score is available on their website.

The cast includes soprano Danielle de Niese (Eurydice), baritone Rod Gilfry (Eurydice's Father), baritone Joshua Hopkins (Orpheus), countertenor John Holiday (Orpheus Double) and tenor Barry Banks (Hades). The composer conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Los Angeles Opera. Mary Zimmerman directs.

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