Orpheus

  1. Artistic Director AeRee Jeong
    Music Director Chan Wei Shing
    Stage Director Stefanos Rassios
    Chorus Directo Lim Ai Hooi
    New Opera Singapore Orchestra / New Opera Singapore Chorus  
    Conductor Chan Wei Shing
    Repetiteur/Vocal Coach Sara Chiesa Young
    Rehearsal Pianists April Foo, Song Ziliang, Gabriel Hoe
    Production Design by in the wild with ARTFACTORY  
    Assistant Director Cherilyn Woo
    Set Designer Clara Yee
    Lighting Designer Andy Lim
    Production & Stage Manager Mirabel Neo
    Assistant Stage Manager Musfirah Kamsin, Natalie Koh
    Sound Engineer Joel Fernandez
    Orpheus Jonathan Charles Tay
    Euridice Teng Xiang Ting, Felicia Teo Kaixin
    Aristaeus/Pluto David Charles Tay
    Public Opinion Melissa Serluco
    John Styx Keane Ong
    Jupiter Leslie Tay
    Diana Moira Loh
    Cupid Victoria Songwei Li
    Mercury Shaun Lee
    Venus Lehlin Thai
    Mars Lim Jing Jie
    Juno Grace Kuo
    Minerva Rachel Ong
    Bacchus Kyongsu Han
     
     

    ACT 1

    SCENE 1

    We meet Public Opinion – the guardian of morality. She wants to rework the story of Orpheus and Eurydice into the greatest tale of love and matrimony. However, she has her work cut out for her because in reality, Orpheus and Eurydice despise each other. Eurydice is in love with the shepherd, Aristaeus, who lives next door. When Orpheus mistakes Eurydice for the girl he loves, Chloe, everything comes out, and Eurydice insists they break the marriage off. However Orpheus, fearing Public Opinion's reaction, torments her into keeping the scandal quiet, We now meet Aristaeus – who is, in fact Pluto, the god of the underworld – keeping up his disguise by singing a pastoral song about those awful sheep. Eurydice, however, has discovered what she thinks is a plot by Orpheus to kill Aristaeus, but is in fact a conspiracy between him and Pluto to kill her, so Pluto can take her down to the underworld. Pluto tricks her into walking into the trap by showing immunity to it, and, as she dies, transforms into his true form. Eurydice finds that death is not so bad when the God of Death is in love with you. They descend into the Underworld as soon as Eurydice has left a note telling her husband she has been unavoidably detained.

    All seems to be going well for Orpheus until Public Opinion catches up with him, and threatens to ruin his violin career unless he goes to rescue his wife. Orpheus reluctantly agrees.

    SCENE 2: OLYMPUS

    On Mount Olympus, the Gods are sleeping. Things look a bit more interesting for them when Diana returns and begins gossiping about her lover, Acteon. Pluto then arrives, and reveals to the other gods the pleasures of the underworld, leading them to revolt against the sheer boredom of Olympus. Jupiter's demands to know what is going on lead them to point out his hypocrisy at great length, describing – and poking fun at – all his mythological affairs. However, little further progress can be made before news of Orpheus’ arrival forces the gods to be on their best behaviour. Pluto is worried he will be forced to give Eurydice back and Jupiter announces that he is going to Hell to sort everything out. The other gods beg to come with him, he consents, and mass celebration breaks out at this holiday.

  2. ACT 2

    SCENE 1

    Eurydice is being kept locked up by Pluto, and is finding life very dull. She is being held captive by a dull-witted tippler by the name of John Styx who at the slightest provocation, all about how he was once the King of a vast region. Jupiter finds Eurydice whilst being shown around by Pluto, and slips through the keyhole by turning into a beautiful, golden fly. He meets Eurydice on the other side, and sings a love duet with her after which he reveals himself to her, and promises to help her, largely because he wants her for himself.

    SCENE 2

    The gods are having a huge party in the underworld. Eurydice sneaks in disguised but Jupiter's plan to sneak her out is interrupted by calls for a dance. Unfortunately, Jupiter can only dance minuets which everyone else finds boring and awful. Things liven up, though, when the Infernal Galop starts, and everyone throws himself into it with wild abandon. Orpheus arrives but Jupiter has a plan, and promises to keep Eurydice away from him. Orpheus must not look back, or he will lose Eurydice forever. Public Opinion keeps a close eye on him, to keep him from cheating, but Jupiter throws a lightning bolt, making him jump and look back, and so all ends happily.