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Orphée
PREMIERE5/14/1993 — American Repertory Theater
COMPOSERPhilip Glass   
LIBRETTISTSJean Cocteau   Philip Glass   
 
Synopsis
Based on Cocteau's fascinating retelling of the Orpheus myth, "Orphée", the first opera of Philip Glass' Cocteau Trilogy, is an extended, parable on the life of an artist, a poet harassed and misunderstood by peers. His success leads to ridicule by fellow poets, ending in a creatively crippling isolation. With a renewed apprehension of his own mortality, Orphée regains his emotional strength, enabling him to ignore the trials of ordinary life, freeing him to be a poet. The poets Orphée and Cégeste, Euridice, and a mysterious Princess interact within the worlds of the living and the dead, existing in that mysterious realm that separates the two worlds. Love triumphs and thus returns Orphée and Euridice to mortal life, with no remaining consciousness of their unusual time spent between "the worlds." The Princess has violated the laws of life and death one time too many and is banished into oblivion.
MOST PRODUCED SINCE 2000
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This work ranks as the #62 most produced North American title since 2000.
Alternate Titles/Spellings
Orphee
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