Even the best of opera fans can be shy when it comes to new works. In the past few days I have heard some concerns about the opera ranging from its length to concerns about the music. These are common concerns for new and even experienced opera goers. I compiled a 5 point list to help dispel this.
1. Opera is too long: In some cases yes, but Orpheus and Euridice is only 1 hour long. If you choose to come have a picnic dinner and hear Composer Ricky Ian Gordon speak and stay for the champagne toast on opening, THEN you might stretch it out to 3 hours or more, but otherwise we keep it short and sweet.
2. I won't understand what they are saying: Orpheus is in English and we have the entire libretto printed in the program as well as a synopsis. You should be able to easily understand the entire work.
3. I have never been to an opera and I am worried I won't like it: While we can't absolutely guarantee you will love it, we can assure you that there will be something to love. Opera is a true amalgamation of all of the performing arts and Orpheus is not an exception. You have great story telling, gorgeous music including a string quintet from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, four unbelievably talented dancers, a set that equals an art installation, and the opportunity to meet and hear from one of the busiest living composers. There is something for everyone.
4. The music in modern opera is always strange and dissonant: Not the case for many new operas, and especially not for Orpheus and Euridice, of which New York Magazine said:"Both Gordon's text and music are couched in an accessible idiom of disarming lyrical directness, a cleverly disguised faux naïveté that always resolves dissonant situations with grace and a sure sense of dramatic effect — the mark of a born theater composer." Peter G. Davis. Still don't believe me? Then listen to this!
5. Opera is fancy. What do I wear?: While opening night at the Metropolitan opera calls for fancy duds, any night with VTOP does not. Wear comfortable clothing. The opera itself takes place in the Small Monuments Room on the lower level of the building. The room stays a steady 70 degrees or so. Not too hot and not too cold.
As you can see, there is no reason to be concerned. And I can assure you that this is an event NOT to be missed. So click here to get your tickets today and be part of something truly breath taking.
See you on August 12 and 13!