Orfeo was performed on February 12 & 14, 2022

Orfeo in Rehearsal

Choreographer Robert Curran, Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet, brings Gluck’s famous ballet sequences to life in Orfeo. Here at rehearsal, he talks about the collaboration between Kentucky Opera and Louisville Ballet.

Text that says Orfeo next to image of Greek statue with inset photo of person wearing toga and a wreath




Friday, February 11, 2022 at 8 pm and Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 2 pm
Brown Theatre

Presented in collaboration with Louisville Ballet
Featuring the period instruments of Bourbon Baroque.
Please click to watch and learn more about Bourbon Baroque and Orfeo

What would you do for a second chance? This 90-minute emotional roller coaster ride will leave you breathless with a reminder to cherish those you love.

Produced in collaboration with Louisville Ballet, Orfeo features thrilling choreography by Robert Curran who brings Gluck’s famous ballet sequences to life. Judith Yan conducts the period instrumentalists of Bourbon Baroque in one of opera’s most beautiful scores.

Celebrated mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin stars in the title role with acclaimed sopranos Flora Hawk and Catherine Goode rounding out this trio of dazzling singing actors.

Don’t miss director Kelly Kitchens’ moving, contemporary approach to the Greek myth.

Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi
Premiered 1762, Vienna, Austria – Burgtheater
Last performed by Kentucky Opera on February 11, 1967

Sung in Italian with English captions

Costume design sketch for Euridice
Costume design sketch for Furies
Costume design sketch for Furies

Orfeo costume sketches by costume designer Chelsea Cook

Stage Director Kelly Kitchens on Orfeo

Cast and Creative:

Photo of conductor Judith Yan
Judith Yan
Photo: Johann Persson
Photo of stage director Kelly Kitchens
Kelly Kitchens

Photo of Flora Hawk
Flora Hawk
Photo of Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Robert Curran
Robert Curran
(Artistic Director, Louisville Ballet)
Photo of Kentucky Opera Chorus Master Lisa Hasson
Lisa Hasson
Chorus Master

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This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Kentucky Opera with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special thanks to our partners at Kentucky Performing Arts for their continued support.