Presented by Against the Grain Theatre in association with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Opera Columbus, Orphée et Eurydice took home 5 Dora Awards for:
Outstanding Production, Outstanding Performance - Ensemble, Outstanding Performance - Female (Marcy Richardson), Outstanding Costume Design - Zane Pihlström, and Outstanding Choreography - Austin McCormick.


Opera Columbus, Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre, and NYC’s Company XIV collaborate to explore this gripping and timeless love story through the lens of today’s technology. While staying true to the original score and honoring the traditions of Baroque opera, this full production pushes the boundaries of operatic presentation through digital sound augmentation, captivating choreography, video projections, and aerial artistry.

Countertenor Siman Chung makes his Opera Columbus debut in the title role, introducing Columbus audiences to his rare and beautiful voice type in some of the world’s most exquisite melodies of love, loss, and desperation. Performed with the Columbus Symphony. Berlioz version. Sung in French with English surtitles.



Director, Joel Ivany
Conductor, Jason Hiester
Choreographer, Austin McCormick
Projection/Set Designer, S. Katy Tucker
Costume Designer, Zane Philstrom
Lighting Designer, Jax Messenger
Pianist, Barbara Brenton Sahr
Stage Manager, Lesley Abarquez Bradley
Sound Designer, John Gzowski


Orphee, Siman Chung
Eurydice, Mireille Asselin
Amour, Marcy Richardson


PREMIERE DATE: April 20, 2018
VENUE: Southern Theatre
WORKSHOP 1: August 14-19, 2017
WORKSHOP 2: December 18-18, 2017



Live Chorus: 4
Orchestra: 12
Virtual Chorus: 50


A Smashing Success!

“...the show is a smashing success — an ideal instance of the old being made marvelously, yet thoughtfully, new."

— Columbus Dispatch


“The show zooms through its two hours in what feels like mere minutes, and the eye-candy look of everything ensures you’ll recall Orphée⁺ if ever you’re asked if you’ve recently seen some great theatre.”

— The Globe and Mail

Baroque Meets Burlesque

“I doubt this aria has ever been sung by a soprano hanging upside down with only an ankle lock keeping her airborne. This one scene is worth the price of admission.”

— OR


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