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Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck’s retelling of one of the world’s greatest myths has always attracted extraordinary singing actors. In this classic broadcast, Kerstin Thorborg brings her warm, rich contralto to the role of Orfeo, delivering a striking portrayal of a young man and artist consumed by grief over the loss of his great love. Soprano Jarmila Novotná is the personification of charm and femininity as Euridice, Orfeo’s beloved wife whom he rescues from the underworld only to see her die again. Marita Farell sings Amore, the god of love, who sets things right. Erich Leinsdorf conducts.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Jan 20, 1940
Composer
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Librettist
Ranieri de' Calzabigi
Run Time
1 HRS 20 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Erich Leinsdorf
Euridice
Jarmila Novotna
Amore
Marita Farell
Orfeo
Kerstin Thorborg
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