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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Running Time

Approximately 80 minutes with no interval.

Please note

Please note this production contains infrequent partial nudity and some strobe lighting and flashing lights.

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Fall into an ecstatic dream…or is it a nightmare?

Journey to the underworld and back. Gluck’s heartbreaking opera follows the grieving Orpheus into the jaws of Hades to rescue his beloved Eurydice. He must complete his quest without looking back, or lose Eurydice forever.

Awe-inspiring acrobatics meet Gluck’s exquisite music in a genre-busting production, making this a highlight of Sydney Festival. Projections seamlessly integrate surtitles into the action on stage, as brilliant singers come together with the trailblazing artists of Circa, one of Australia’s most successful cultural exports.

In this visually stunning production, Circa’s Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz has created a mesmerising experience, exploring the intersection between love and death that is the beating heart of Orpheus & Eurydice.

The role of Orpheus demands vocal beauty and dramatic virtuosity, and we’re delighted to bring the world’s best to your stage in sensational French countertenor Christophe Dumaux. He performs opposite Australian soprano Cathy-Di Zhang, making her role debut singing both Eurydice and Amor under the baton of conductor Dane Lam.

“Delightful and astonishing ★★★★”

Sydney Morning Herald

“Starkly beautiful… invigorating and insightful. ★★★★½”


“An operatic spectacle fit for the gods.”

Theatre Travels

Cast & Creative

Director & Set Designer
Associate Director
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Projection Designer
Boris Bagattini
Circa Ensemble
Assistant Director

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra
Circa Ensemble

Orpheus & Eurydice, first produced by Opera Queensland in association with Circa, at QPAC (2019)

Cheat Sheet: Orpheus & Eurydice

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Overture Dining at the Sydney Opera House

Enjoy dinner before the opera

Overture Dining at Sydney Opera House

Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You’ll be served a three-course menu for just $97.

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A woman descends into the Underworld.


It is the morning after the night of Orpheus and Eurydice’s wedding. A night of love that ended tragically with the bride’s death. Orpheus wakes to find himself alone in an asylum. He is immersed in his grief and his guilt. His hold on reality is tenuous. The room fills with phantasmal images and creatures. Amor (love) appears. She looks exactly like Eurydice. She may or may not be real. She grants Orpheus the chance to descend into the Underworld to rescue Eurydice. The condition is that he doesn’t look at Eurydice until they return.

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