ORPHÉE ET EURIDICE
"Juan Diego Flórez delivered a lesson in style" — Corriere della sera
For the first time at the Teatro alla Scala in this French version, and coming from the ROH, this production of Orphée et Euridice stages Juan Diego Flórez, perhaps the only tenor currently able to revive the virtuosity of the role created for Joseph Legros. Its unfamiliarity (the Italian opera in Paris at that time was not such in vogue as it would have been afterwards) was at the origins of the work's success, while only the difficulty of the part has kept this version away from theatres for a long time.
In John Fulljames' staging the story we see Orphée's dream or fantasy, as at the end he sets the corpse of his beloved on fire a second time, but now he accepts her death - a modern and fascinating interpretation, but far from the myth. Apart from this, the interesting mise en scene puts the orchestra on stage behind the singers on a large platform that raises or sink’s following its own logic.
"Juan Diego Flórez delivered a lesson in style. His tone is darker and his projection more self-effacing than in the past, but class is permanent. His agility and legato are utterly thrilling. The ovations were never-ending." — Corriere della sera