Greek myth comes to life in Orfeo

Orpheus.  Painting by Gustave Moreau, 1865.

Orpheus. Painting by Gustave Moreau, 1865.
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Thursday, 13 June 2002

The romantic but tragic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice takes centre stage at the University of Adelaide in four not-to-be-missed performances.

The new Elder School of Music in conjunction with Adelaide Institute of TAFE - Arts present the opera Orfeo, by Monteverdi, in Union Theatre on June 11, 12, 14 & 15 at 8.00pm.

The season has been extended by one performance to accommodate the fact that at audition, the talent in the vocal school was so outstanding that two students were chosen for each of the two principal roles of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Director Tessa Bremner says the parts were "too close to call", so it was decided to give each of the students the opportunity to perform in such a major production.

Conducted by Carl Crossin, this opera tells the romantic but tragic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice whose love transcends even death itself. When Orhpeus's wife Eurydice dies, he travels to the Underworld to claim her.

The production is supported by an early baroque orchestra featuring strings, recorders, harpsichords, lutes and harps.

The staging of Orfeo has been made possible thanks to the assistance of the Helpmann Academy, Adelaide Chamber Orchestra Inc and Allans Music.

Tickets are available at BASS outlets on 131 246 ($22 adult, $14 concession, $8 student -- single ticket prices only).

Anyone who subscribes to four or six concerts in the entire Elder School of Music Evening Series will receive free parking, plus the opportunity to win a weekend in Sydney with two nights at the Park Hyatt Sydney and two A-Reserve tickets to 'Carmen' at the Opera House - courtesy of American Express Corporate Services.

All subscribers also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the opera production, Orfeo, at the discounted price. See the Evening Concert Series brochure for details, or for more information contact series coordinator Helen Simpson on (08) 8303 5925, 0402 120 478 or email:

University of Adelaide staff will receive concession prices on presentation of their staff card at all Bass outlets or at the door.


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