Review of Seattle Opera’s Orphée et Eurydice

by James Bash James Bash writes articles fora variety of publications, including magazines such as Opera America, OpenSpaces, Opera, MUSO, International Arts Manager, American Record Guide,Symphony, Opera Canada, and PSU Magazine. The newspapers include Crosscut, theSan Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Oregonian, TheColumbian, The Portland Tribune, The Register-Guard, and Willamette Week. Jameshas also written a number of articles for the Oregon Arts Commission andcontributed articles to the 2nd edition of the Grove Dictionary of AmericanMusic. James was a fellow to the 2008 NEA Journalism Institute for ClassicalMusic and Opera. He is a member of the Music Critics Association of NorthAmerica ( and lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Kathy. 21.03.2012


It’s a testament to the power of art when an opera that is 238 years old still rings fresh with a unique combination of beauty and emotion. That was the case on Saturday evening (February 25th) at McCaw Hall when Seattle Opera presented “Orphée et Eurydice,” an opera that Christoph Willibald Gluck wrote in 1774 when Louis XVI began his reign and the United States was just a concept on a napkin. Led by William Burden in the demanding role of Orphée, this all-new Seattle Opera production, conceived by Jose Maria Condemi, was terrific from top to bottom.

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