TARPON SPRINGS — The New Century Opera begins its 2010 season with the presentation of Orpheus and Euridice, written in the 18th century by C. W. Gluck. The opera is sung in English in three acts.
It is based on the Greek legend of a recently bereaved Orpheus, who is grief stricken at the loss of his beloved wife, Euridice. He makes a deal with Amor, a Cupid-like god of love, who agrees to let him travel to the underworld to bring her back to Earth on the condition he not look at her until they return.
The story portrays their grief, doubt, misunderstandings and final resolve.
As is traditional in this opera, the male character of Orpheus is played by a female singer, Esther Talledo because of the vocal range required.
New Century Opera is debuting its own chorus and ballet company.
"They add wonderful new elements to the production," said Constantine Grame, the director and pianist.