Washington Concert Opera presents ORPHEUS BY GLUCK
Following the successful return of in-person performances with Gioachino Rossini’s Maometto II last November, the company will present Gluck’s Orpheus, arranged by Hector Berliozwith an all-female cast, including OMD favorite kate lindsey (Orpheus), and Jacquelyn Stucker (Eurydice) and Helen Zhibing Huang (Amour) both in their WCO debut. Berlioz’s 1859 arrangement features a mezzo-soprano in the lead role, one of the many reasons why this timeless love story, lost, found, then lost again, stands out from the rest.
A month later, WCO will present Lakmé by Léo Delibes for the final show of the season on Sunday May 22 at 6 p.m. This performance will feature Erin Morley (Lakmé), Frédéric Antoun (Gérald), Alfred Walker (Nilakantha), Théo Hoffman (Frédéric) and Taylor Raven (Mallika), all making their OMD debuts. Delibes’ penultimate opera is widely regarded as his masterpiece, tackling familiar themes of forbidden love, duty and honor in the context of the reign of the British Raj in the late 19th century. in India.
In addition to the season’s productions this spring, the OMD will hold another free outdoor Opera concert at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park on 8 May 2022 at 11am. More details about this performance can be found here.
Additionally, over an hour of highlights from Rossini’s Maometto II is currently streaming free on the Washington Concert Opera website through September 22, 2022. This video can be viewed here.