Great Performances at the Met: Orfeo ed Euridice

Sun, 05/17/2009 - 2:00pm
Stephanie Blythe (left) stars opposite Danielle de Niese (right) in Gluck’s opera. James Levine conducts Mark Morris’ acclaimed production.
Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Gluck’s masterpiece comes to life in a production by Mark Morris that integrates music, singing and dance and features costumes by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. Stephanie Blythe stars as Orfeo and Danielle de Niese sings his adored wife, Euridice, who inspires the hero to face the underworld to bring her back to life. James Levine conducts.Don't miss Great Performances at the Met: Orfeo ed Euridice, airing Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011).
Since its first Great Performances telecast in 1977, the Metropolitan Opera has enjoyed a rich history on public television, offering audiences at home the best seats in the house for thrilling masterpieces performed by some of the world's greatest stars. In 2006-07, the Met partnered with Great Performances for the premiere of Great Performances at the Met, a series of six operas featuring some of the best-known artists in opera today -- Renée Fleming, Nathan Gunn, Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, to name only a few.