This summer promises the full experience of 18th century opera as Ulriksdal Palace Theatre, The Confidencen, announces its new season. The main opera production will be of Gluck’s vibrant take on the myth of Orfeo and Euridice.
The myth of Orfeo and Euridice is one of star-crossed lovers separated by a fatal accident. Orfeo’s wife Euridice steps on a venomous snake and is brought to the Underworld. Orfeo sets out to bring her back to life, but his journey is lined with trials and obstacles. Christoph Willibald Gluck’s version of the myth makes his first ”reform opera”, a genre striving for musical and dramatic coherence by shortening the arias and making use of the orchestra in the recitatives. This makes for an opera with a strong focus on musical storytelling.
Gluck’s masterpiece will be performed in a new edition by renowned conductor Arnold Östman who will also be responsible for both the musical direction and the stage concept. ”Our aim is to create a production that matches the rococo splendour of Confidencen”, says Arnold Östman. Using period instruments as well as historically informed costumes, make up and stage designs and of course lighting it all using only candlelight, The Confidencen offers a unique taste of what theatre could feel like in the time of Gustavus III, the Swedish Theatre King.
Orfeo and Euridice
July 15th until August 20th
Orfeus – Maria Sanner
Eurudice – Albina Isufi
Amor – Johanna Wallroth
Musical director Arnold Östman
Choreographer Bétina Marcolin
Set design Christer Nilsson
Costumes and make up Anna Kjellsdotter
Tickets: 420 SEK
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