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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.

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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 circus 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.

The Music

Cast & Creative

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

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

Everything you need to know about Gluck’s opera of love and the power of music.

What happens in the story? Who was the composer? What should I expect from the music? Here’s everything you need to know…

Read the cheat sheet