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22nd of March 2018


Joffrey Ballet dazzles in L.A. Opera's 'Orpheus and Eurydice'

The result is opera on all levels in exquisite service of the dance. Gluck wrote two versions of his opera. The first, "Orfeo ed Euridice," given its premiere in Vienna in 1762, began a movement of operatic reform. A tightly contained drama, it simplified what had been the operatic convention of extravagance, carefully integrating dance and diminishing spectacle. Twelve years later, Gluck allowed more indulgence, especially with added dances, for a French version, "Orphée et Eurydice," adapted to Parisian tastes. This is the one Neumeier selects, although L.A. Opera sticks with the English title.

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