April 26, 29; May 2, 4*, 2014
Benedum Center

Music by Philip Glass • Libretto by Philip Glass, based on Cocteau's Orphée
ORPHÉE is part of Pittsburgh Opera's 2014 American Opera Series

*The Sunday, May 4 performance of ORPHÉE is at 3:00 PM.


The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice gets a “lyrical, even seductive” (Washington Times) makeover from Philip Glass, via French visionary Jean Cocteau: the poet Orphée becomes involved with a mysterious Princess. Love eventually triumphs...but not without a price.

Watch the ORPHÉE video postcard here.


Music from ORPHÉE

"Votre femme habite un autre monde..." - end of Act I - MacPherson, Cutlip
"J’ai troube le moyen de te rejoinde...plus jamais" - Saffer, Cutlip

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ORPHÉE Photo Album

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Video from our production of ORPHÉE

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ORPHÉE Video #1
Love Duet in the Underworld


Previews and Reviews for ORPHÉE

"Orphée is powerful, haunting" [review of Virginia Opera/Worth] - Hampton Roads
"Orpheus, you never looked so good" [review of Glimmerglass premiere] - Times-Union
"NIpping down to Hell with Philip Glass" [review of Glimmerglass premiere] - New York Times
PREVIEW VIDEO: "Orphée [behind the scenes with Sam Helfrich]" -Post-Gazette 
PREVIEW: "Direction of 
Orphée, a Conversation with Sam Helfrich" - Measured Words Blog
PREVIEW: "Hip & hypnotic opera: Philip Glass's Orphée" - NEXTPittsburgh
PREVIEW: "Glass's 'Orphée' has contemporary spin" - Post-Gazette 
PREVIEW: "'Orphee is fresh treatment of classical myth" - Tribune-Review

REVIEW: "Greek myth morphs to stage in Pittsburgh Opera's Orphée"- Tribune-Review
REVIEW: "Orphée an opera worth repeating" - Post-Gazette


Click here to read ORPHÉE synopsis


The Cast & Creative Team

Matthew Worth Caroline Worra
Heather Buck Jonathan Boyd
Matthew Worth


Caroline Worra **
Heather Buck +
Jonathan Boyd +
Resident Artist Daniel Curran  Resident Artist Samantha Korbey Adam Fry Resident Artist Alex DeSocio
Daniel Curran *
Samantha Korbey *
Adam Fry **
Alex DeSocio *
Police Commissioner
Resident Artist Phillip Gay Christopher Toeller Dimitrie Lazich  
Phillip Gay *
Christopher Toeller
Dimitrie Lazich


Creative Team 

Antony Walker
Stage Director Sam Helfrich
Set Designer(s) Andrew Lieberman
Costume Designer Kaye Voyce
Lighting Designer Aaron Black
Assistant Conductor Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master Mark Trawka
 Associate Coach/Pianist James Lesniak
 Hair & Makeup Designer James D. Geier
Assistant Director George Cederquist *

 + Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni

Original production by Glimmerglass Festival.


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Performance Details & Resources 

  PERFORMANCE LOCATION • All performances of ORPHÉE will be at the Benedum Center.
  PARKING Get real-time parking information at Park PGH. See a map of Cultural District parking facilities here.
  RUN TIME • ORPHÉE will last about 2 hours and 10 minutes, including 1 intermission.
  OPERA FAQs Get answers to frequently-asked questions like "what's a good opera for kids? or "what should I wear?"
  PRE-OPERA TALKS begin 1 hour before each performance of ORPHÉE.
  UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: English texts are projected above the stage at all Benedum Center and CAPA performances.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION is offered at the Tuesday, April 29 performance of ORPHÉE.
WHEELCHAIR ACCOMMODATIONS are available at the Benedum Center.
PROGRAM BOOKS are available in a Braille version at all of our Benedum Center performances.
PROGRAM BOOKS are available in a Large Print version at all of our Benedum Center performances.
  A STUDY GUIDE FOR ORPHÉE (PDF) is published by our Education Department. Click here to view the study guide.
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