Ancient History

When conceiving his vibrant staging of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, director and choreographer Mark Morris envisioned the nearly 100-member chorus as witnesses from history. Standing on three balconies facing the audience and costumed as recognizable historic figures—by no less than fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi—they serve as a mirror to Orfeo’s story. Take a look at just a few of the famous faces found among the opera’s chorus.

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Susan B. Anthony, sung by alto Christina Thomson Anderson


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Julius Caesar, sung by bass Brandon Mayberry


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Maria Callas, sung by alto Edith Dowd


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Amelia Earhart, sung by soprano Mary Petro Noonan

“I love this production! The idea that flawed, powerful, even sometimes-despicable humans all inhabit the underworld really brings the role of the chorus to the fore.”—Mary Petro Noonan


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Albert Einstein, sung by tenor Stephen Paynter


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Henry VIII, sung by bass Earle Patriarco


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Abraham Lincoln, sung by bass Seth Malkin


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Babe Ruth, sung by bass Justin Lee Miller


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Harriet Tubman, sung by alto Annette Spann-Lewis

“It is a distinct honor and privilege to represent such a national hero! Her bravery, selflessness, and great courage are all traits I still aspire to.”—Annette Spann-Lewis

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George Washington, sung by tenor Gregory Cross