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It’s Orpheus Season! The best classical music to book now for October

Plus: ETO and HarrisonParrotts 50th birthday party

By Alexandra Coghlan   October 2019

Orpheus and Eurydice at the ENO.

Orpheus Season ENO, Coliseum, starts 1st October

English National Opera takes a risk this autumn with four operas about Orpheus. The season begins with Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice, below, a lyrical love story starring Alice Coote and Sarah Tynan, with choreography by Wayne McGregor. Offenbach’s naughty operetta Orpheus in the Underworld romps its way to Hell and back. But the third—Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Zinovieff’s The Mask of Orpheus—is the main event. Premiered by ENO in 1986, it is more meditation that conventional…

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