Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus and Euridice Premieres at Lincoln Center, Oct. 5-8
Gordon, renowned for his work in contemporary opera, dance, and theater, retells the classic Greek myth as a song cycle which blends classical music, opera, and pop. Soprano Elizabeth Futral will take the stage as Euridice with clarinetist Todd Palmer as Orpheus in a production directed and choreographed by Doug Varone, also known for his work in opera. Futral and Palmer will be choreographed to move with Doug Varone and Dancers. Pianist Melvin Chen also joins the cast on stage.
The production also features set design by Allen Moyer, whose recent Broadway credits include The Constant Wife and Twelve Angry Men, costumes by Jane Greenwood, and lighting by Robert Wierzel.
Ricky Ian Gordon's My Life with Albertine was a musical adaptation of Proust's In Remembrance of Things Past. It ran at Playwrights Horizon in 2003 with Brent Carver, Chad Kimball, Emily Skinner and Kelli O'Hara in the cast. His Dream True: My Life with Vernon Dixon was seen at the Vineyard Theatre in 1999. Gordon's work can be heard on two CDs; Only Heaven features his settings of Langston Hughes poems, while Bright-Eyed Joy comprises some of the Hughes pieces as well as settings to the words of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay and others.
Orpheus and Euridice is a co-presentation of Lincoln Center's Great Performers' New Visions and American Songbook series and will open the 2005-2006 seasons for each.
Tickets for Orpheus and Euridice, at $65, $58, $45 and $30 are currently on sale at the Alice Tully Hall box office (Broadway & 65th St.), at the Fredrick P. Rose Hall box office at Broadway and 60th Streetthrough, through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, and on Lincoln Center's website www.lincolncenter.org.