A Gluck opera is a rare thing in these parts. Christoph Willibald Gluck was the 18th century German composer who brought some balance to opera — adding a measure of drama to the flamboyant vocal display that was the tradition — and Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice) is one of his most enduring works. It's based on the Greek myth about the singer Orpheus who tries to rescue his beloved Eurydice from Hades but loses her when he fails to obey the condition that he not turn around and look at her until they cross the River Styx.
New Century Opera, under the enterprising direction of Constantine Grame, stages the opera, featuring principal singers Esther Talledo, Sara Peeples McNatt and Julia Coulmas. Grame will play the piano score, and the performance will be in English. 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. $18, $20. (727) 942-5605; tarponarts.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic