The German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck’s operatic adaptation of the myth of Orpheus was scored to an Italian libretto when it premiered in Vienna in 1762. Twelve years later, Gluck modified the work for Paris audiences, in part by adopting a French libretto and incorporating more ballet sequences.
LA Opera hosts a modern take on this latter version of Orpheus and Eurydice that highlights its blending of genres; not only does it feature dancers from Chicago’s renowned Joffrey Ballet, but the title characters have been re-envisioned as a choreographer and his prima ballerina wife. The production was choreographed and designed by American dance luminary John Neumeier, who also directs. With Maxim Mironov and Lisette Oropesa in the title roles.