Aucoin’s ‘Eurydice’

December 4, 2021, 12:00 pm

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Erin Morley (Eurydice), Joshua Hopkins (Orpheus), and Jakub Józef Orliński (Orpheus's Double) in a scene from Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice (Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera)

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the Underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. Brilliant American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story—a product of the Met’s commissioning program.

Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński as his otherworldly alter-ego. Bass-baritone Nathan Berg is Eurydice’s father and fellow resident of the underworld, with tenor Barry Banks as Hades. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Description courtesy of the Met Opera.