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Orfeo ed Euridice

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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 Date

Jan 20, 1940


Christoph Willibald Gluck


Ranieri de' Calzabigi

Run Time

1 HRS 20 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet