Orfeo ed Euridice: Short Synopsis for Beginners

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Orfeo ed Euridice: Character Map

Orfeo ed Euridice: Character Map
Orfeo ed Euridice: Character Map

Orfeo ed Euridice: Roles

OrfeoOrpheuscastrato
EuridiceEurydicesoprano
Amorethe god of lovesoprano
  • Native title: Orfeo ed Euridice
  • Composers: Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • Librettist: Ranieri de’ Calzabigi
  • Based on: Greek legend of Orpheus
  • Language: Italian
  • Premiere: October 5, 1762, Burgtheater, Vienna
  • Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Orfeo ed Euridice: Summary

Orfeo and Euridice are newly married. Euridice dies. When Orfeo was grieving, the God of Love said, “You may go to the Underworld to save Euridice. However, you must not look at her until you leave it.”

Orfeo goes to save her, but he sees her. Euridice dies again. As Orfeo tries to take his life, the God of Love appears. She brings Euridice back to life. They return together, and the people praise the God of Love.

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