We are grateful to Sano - Diti and Alex Landsberg for their support of this production.
Duration: 80 minutes without intermission
Euridice is dead. Orfeo laments her death. He calls to his beloved and in despair decides to join her in the kingdom of the dead. Amor, the god of love, appears, telling Orfeo that the gods will allow him to descend into the realm of the dead. If he will be able to placate the furies, who guard the dead people, with his singing, he may bring Euridice back to life. There is however one condition: Orfeo must not look at his wife until they are both together in the land of the living.
Orfeo arrives at the gates of hell and tries to convince the furies to grant him admission. Eventually his singing bewitches the furies and Orfeo enters, seeking Euridice who is brought in front of him.
Orfeo pleads with Euridice to follow him. However, she begs for some sign of tenderness and comfort from her husband. Orfeo urges her to move forward but at the end, he succumbs to her pleading and looks at her face. Euridice falls lifeless to the ground. Orfeo, having lost his wife for the second time, decides to take his own life. However, Amor intervenes yet again. Even though Orfeo did not keep his promise, he has suffered enough. Now the gods declare that the time has come to bring Euridice back to life once again and unite her with Orfeo.
Back Stage Secrets at the Opera Many Opportunities to Widen your Opera Experience
Do you want to know more about the opera you are about to attend? Do you want to find out some back stage secrets? Do you want to meet the artists after the performance? The Israeli Opera enables you to widen your opera experience with a variety of pre performance and post-performance events.
Pre Performance Lecture One hour before each opera performance there is a 30-minute introductory lecture in the auditorium (in Hebrew). Opera staffers present the opera and the production and enable the audience to get some extra information a short time before attending the performances. Admission is free for ticket holders.
Opera Talkback The curtain has just descended on the final scene of the opera. The hour is late. Nut the experience was riveting. This is the time to meet several of the performers. Come to listen and to speak. Ask questions. Meet the artists. A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the artists who have just excited you on the stage. Opera Talkbacks takes place on the second level of the Opera House foyer and last around 30 minutes. Admission free. Opera Talkback takes place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website.