THE LIFE OF AN ARTIST, BETWEEN WORLDS OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
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.
Please join Pittsburgh Opera as they conclude their historic 75th Season with a stunning production of "Orphée" by the legendary composer Philip Glass. Based on Jean Cocteau’s stunning French film (1950) with a cinematic reimagining of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Glass’ 20th century take on this emotional love story is set to music “so haunting and cinematic that one cannot help but be swept up in its magic.” (Virginia Pilot). Set in Paris, Orphée is a famous, but misunderstood poet who falls for a beautiful new muse – Death, herself – nearly turning his back on life and his wife, Eurydice. Featuring uplifting jazz-inspired musical orchestration and dramatic themes of neglected love, inspired passion and fevered obsession, this stunning production is an event not to be missed.
Check out these great reviews and background articles about the show http://triblive.com/aande/music/5982756-74/opera-orphee-glass#axzz30C5jbK3u
Meetup Ticket Discount Offer
Pittsburgh Opera is very graciously offering the Meetup a fantastic deal with up to 75% off for great seats for a wonderful "Orphée" experience with its stunning music, elaborate set/costumes, and love story.
And for even more flexibility, Pittsburgh Opera is offering the discount for three performance dates (so we'll be scheduling Meetup dates for each one)
Saturday, April 26 at 8 PM (Opening Night)
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 7 PM
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8 PM
Meetup members can purchase tickets to any of these performances for the following special prices:
$40 for best available in Sections A & B ( up to $155.75 in value) which are equivalent to the best seats on the Orchestra Floor or Directors Circle with fantastic views to the stage.
$20 for best available in Sections C & D (up to $79.75 in value) which are equivalent to really good seats on the Orchestra Floor or First Tier/lower Second Tier in the balcony with great views to the stage.
If you want to check out photos of seating views to the stage inside the Benedum at various ticket price points, here is the link http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/37102/orphee where you can click on the camera icon and then set the price filter (to the normally priced tickets) to get photos to the stage for an idea of the $55 discount seats (set filter to $156) or $35 discount seats (set filter to $80) or any of the other normally priced ticket levels.
With this special Meetup offer, please note that you will be seated on the day of the show with the best available seating in your selected sections. Pick up your tickets at the Benedum Center Box Office Will Call starting 2 hours before your performance. To take advantage of this special Meetup offer, please go online https://etm.patrontechnology.com/o/PO/p/o/PO/p/o/PO/p/run_module.php?__module__=3769 Just click "Continue" below and follow the steps to place your order. Confirm your seating selection, then select the number of seats, and provide your contact/billing information. You will receive an email confirming that your order has been received and containing a transaction number as a reference. If you have any questions, please contact Randy Adams, Group Services Manager, PITTSBURGH OPERA[masked] x213 or [masked]
As an additional note -- and for those that might be looking to buy the cheapest possible ticket ($13-$21 plus ticket handling charges but with no discount) -- please know that you can do this easily yourself by going online http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/37102/orphee, calling (412)[masked], or stopping buy the Theater Square/Benedum Box Office. Also, we'll post comments later on to let people know if the cheapest possible tickets will still be available at the door or if the show will approach a sell out.
The Meetup ticket offer is a fantastic deal (up to 75% off), so definitely think about treating yourself or bringing family/friends for a truly memorable evening.
UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD! This opera is sung in French with English texts projected above the stage. For this reason, the really good seats have both great views to the stage and the text above the stage. Music Director Antony Walker conducts a stellar cast.
For more information about "Orphée" including song/video samples, cast/artistic team, synposis, etc. please visit http://www.pittsburghopera.org/shows/view/42
PRE-SHOW DISCUSSION Your ticket also includes a very interesting pre-show discussion (including a colorful study guide) which begins one hour before every performance. Thus, we shall plan to meet inside the Benedum at 7 PM for this discussion. If anyone would like to meet a little earlier (say 6-6:20 PM) at the Crazy Mocha (801 Liberty, near Harris Theater) we can do a little tour before the pre-show lecture, please indicate this in the comments section.
And if you can't make it on Tuesday, April 1 or Friday, April 4 performances with the Meetup ticket offer, please consider attending one of the other performances of "La Bohème"
Saturday, April 26 at 8 PM
Tuesday, April 29 at 7 PM
Friday, May 2 at 8 PM
Sunday, May 4 at 2 PM
Normally priced tickets and ticket availability for all performances may be found at https://www.pittsburghopera.org/shows/view/42 or http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/37102/orphee
More Background about this Opera
Orphée, the first opera of Philip Glass' Cocteau Trilogy which premiered in 1993, is an extended parable on the life of an artist, a poet harassed and misunderstood by peers. His success leads to the ridicule by fellow poets, ending in a creatively crippling isolation. With a renewed apprehension of his own mortality, Orphee regains his emotional strength, enabling him to ignore the trials of ordinary life, freeing him to be a poet. The poets Orphee and Cegeste, Euridice, and a mysterious Princess interact within the worlds of the living and the dead, existing in that mysterious realm that separates the two worlds. Love triumphs and thus returns Orphee and Euridice to mortal life, with no remaining consciousness of their unusual time spent between "the worlds"
Don't miss this incredible experience!
After Show Activities (optional) Depending on the interests of the group, people could also meet for a drink after the show or go Salsa Dancing in the nearby Cabaret Theater.
Parking Here is the ParkPGH website with real-time info on downtown parking garage availability http://parkpgh.org where you can also download apps, get garage availabilty via text messaging, etc. You can also call[masked]-8980.