Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

April 8 – 7:30 PM

Opening Night

April 10 – 2:00 PM

Sunday Matinee and Post Performance 'Talk-Back' with the cast

April 14 – 7:30 PM

Thursday Evening Performance and Post Performance YOLO Cocktail Hour

April 16 – 7:30 PM

Closing Night

All programs and artists subject to change.

 


Opera in the Heights Presents Houston Premier: Orfeo ed Euridice

Sung in Italian, this production uses an edition created for the opera's 1889 Milan revival, which brings together some of Gluck's most beloved tunes including "The Dance of the Blessed Spirits," (a favorite of the concert hall) and the iconic aria, "Che farò senza Euridice." Opera in the Heights offers a unique opportunity for both opera buffs and newcomers alike to see a magnificent and rarely-staged opera.

A whirlwind of tragedy, adventure and love, the opera is based on one of the oldest Greek myths about death, and the obsessive power of love which propels an unforgettable journey. Refusing to accept that his beloved is dead, Orpheus (Orfeo) strikes a bargain with the Gods to allow him to journey through the underworld, and retrieve her.  The catch?  He can't look at her until they are both safely back on earth. 

What happens next? Come and see Opera in the Heights’ production with stage director Leslie Swackhamer and principal conductor Eiki Isomura leading the artistic charge, and you can find the answer.


Words from the Stage Director:

Our production will embrace the mythic, the mysterious and the miraculous, as we reconnect with what made Gluck’s opera revolutionary from the beginning. I’m excited to have Krissy Richmond work on the movement and dance, which is so pivotal in this opera. She is a consummate artist, having been a Principal Dancer with the Houston Ballet, and going on to enjoy an international career. A Houston treasure, she brings elegance and creativity to everything she touches.
— Leslie Swackhamer

Orfeo ed Euridice in the Press!




Leslie Swackhamer
Stage Director

Leslie Swackhamer is a director of opera and theatre, particularly known for directing works with bravura ensembles and visuals.  She was named Best Director of 2015 by The Houston Press for her production of Marie Antoinette at the Stages Repertory Theater.
A passionate advocate of new plays and work by women, she is the Executive Director of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the oldest and largest prize specifically for women playwrights. She also founded the Women Playwright's Festival in Seattle at A Contemporary Theatre and Hedgebrook.  She has workshopped, directed or produced over 100 new works at theatre and opera companies across America.  Opera companies where she has directed include Vancouver Opera, Opera Carolina, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Omaha, Madison Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera in the Heights, and, The San Francisco Opera.  She has held artistic leadership positions at The Cleveland Play House and ACT Theatre (Seattle). Based in Houston, she directs at Stages Repertory Theatre: Marie Antoinette (Winner of the Houston Press Theater Award for Best Director), Failure: A Love Story, In the Next Room, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Amy’s View, The Man From Nebraska, The Andrews Brothers and Lady.  Theatres where her work has been produced around the nation include Southcoast Rep, Madison Rep, Seattle Rep, The Empty Space, Florida Studio Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare, The Cherry Lane, ACT Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, American Stage, Cleveland Public, Intiman Theatre, Brave New Works (Atlanta), and The Playwrights Center. Ms. Swackhamer holds an MFA in directing from the University of Washington School of Drama. She is a member of the AGMA, SDC, and Canadian Actor's Equity.


Young Opera Lovers Members are invited to join the cast and Maestro for a an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on Thursday, April 14 immediately following the performance.  

For details on joining Oh!'s Young Opera Lovers Organization, contact Taylor Twohy at 713-861-5303 or Taylor@operaintheheights.org.