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The Mask of Orpheus Tickets

London Opera
Harrison Birtwistle's The Mask of Orpheus opera returns to London's West End after over 30 years.
Harrison Birtwistle’s iconic masterpiece retells the Orpheus myth in a non-linear narrative, as the opera’s leading characters appear in three distinct guises. The Mask of Orpheus, with a libretto by Peter Zinovieff, is scored for massive orchestral forces, which builds into a three dimensional picture that leads us from inconsolable grief to acceptance and transformation. ENO Artistic Consultant Daniel Kramer’s staging will be the first in London since its premiere at the London Coliseum over 30 years ago. He is joined by conductor and ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins, following their collaborations on War Requiem and Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel. Costume designs are by ‘England’s most outrageous dresser’ (Vogue) Daniel Lismore, while the cast includes several regular ENO artists noted for their expertise in contemporary music: Peter Hoare; Daniel Norman; James Cleverton and Robert Hayward. Supported by Linda Christmas, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, and a syndicate of donors Crystals provided exclusively by Swarovski
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Rated 3.2 out of 5 (6 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Nov 8, 2019

    The show was quite amazing. We loved the music, the colors and, of course, the performance in general. Very talented people worked on this one. The story was a bit confusing sometimes, but the guide explained it perfectly.

  • Review Avatar Nov 11, 2019

    An amazing performance, the costumes were the highlight

  • Review Avatar Nov 14, 2019

    This was terrible. Very dated, hard work, not engaging. We left after an hour. Would not recommend this to anyone.

  • Review Avatar Nov 14, 2019

    One of the most ambitious works by one of the greatest living composers. You should be performing this every year. Generally I would find more matinee performances more convenient. You are fresher to appreciate the work, train times are easier and you get home at a reasonable hour. Evening performances really only suit those who live in or close to the centre of London.

  • Review Avatar Nov 14, 2019

    Beautiful costumes but I had no idea what was going on during the whole opera. Electro music was jarring, as was the abstract plot and dialogue. Worst show I've gone to see.

  • Review Avatar Nov 14, 2019

    Wonderful music and singing. Dire staging.