French mezzo Stéphanie d'Oustrac sings the role of Orfeo in the brilliant production of ORFEO ED EURIDCE from 2014 at La Monnaie/De Munt, directed by Romeo Castellucci.
Having carried out extensive research into 'locked-in syndrome' director Romeo Castellucci literally takes the opera beyond the stage of La Monnaie and out into the world, the production being broadcast live directly to a medical ward 14km outside Brussels where a young Belgian woman called Els lies in bed, completely paralysed. She's effectively dead to the world, beyond the reach of her husband and loved-ones, unable to move or communicate other than through the blinking of her eyes that allow her to painstakingly form words and sentences one letter at a time. At the same time as the music of Orfeo reaches out to her in her condition, Gluck's music reaches out to express Els/Eurydice's condition to the audience and give us some indication of how her family must feel about their loss.
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