Barefoot Opera presents

Orfeo ed Euridice / Zanetto

Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck and Pietro Mascagni

Musical direction by Lesley Anne Sammons
Direction by Lysanne van Overbeek

What would you do for love?

Barefoot Opera presents a unique double bill, combining a well-loved favourite with an operatic rarity that share a commonality: the search for love and inspiration in a dangerous world.

Gluck’s famous Orfeo ed Euridice retells the classic Greek tale of love and loss. Orfeo embarks on a dangerous journey into the underworld to find and return his one true love Euridice. Extraordinary obstacles are overcome, but it will take only one to keep them apart: Orfeo himself.

In Mascagni’s Zanetto, we encounter Silvia, a rich and beautiful courtesan, loved by many and desperate to find someone she can love in return. However, she quickly discovers that you must be careful what you wish for, when she falls for the youthful and wandering poet, Zanetto.

Director Lysanne van Overbeek returns to Grimeborn after her sold out production of I Capuleti e I Montecchi (2019), this time teaming up with Musical Director Lesley Anne Sammons.


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Praise for Lysanne van Overbeek's I Capuleti e I Montecchi (2019)

“Van Overbeek’s production conjures a beautifully spare, thrillingly intense atmosphere in the Arcola’s studio space.”The Stage

★★★★ “This is a highlight of another fine Grimeborn season at The Arcola that has shown, yet again, that boutique operas are an entirely accessible art form, thrilling in their execution and an adornment to London's theatre scene that many who cannot afford West End prices or can't plan far enough ahead to secure blockbuster show tickets, should consider for night out. Singing, passion and great tunes - what's not to like?”Broadway World

★★★★ “Mature, sexy and full of life.”The Reviews Hub