Opera Scotland

Malheurs d'Orphée Les malheurs d'Orphée; The Sorrows of Orpheus


Darius Milhaud (born Aix-en-Provence, 4 September 1892; died Geneva, 22 June 1974)


Armand Lunel


Classical legend.



First Performance: Brussels (Théâtre de la Monnaie), 7 May 1926.

First Performance in UK: London (St Pancras Town Hall), 8 March 1960.

First Performance in Scotland: Glasgow (Alexander Gibson Opera Studio), 4 March 2017.



Milhaud's chamber operatic treatment of the Orpheus myth lasts little more than a half-hour, and updates the plot to fairly modern times. Set in the Camargue, in the deep south of France, Orpheus falls for Eurydice, a gypsy girl, and they run off together. When she falls ill and dies, her sisters, modern-day Furies, kill him in the mistaken belief that it was his fault.

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