What shall I do without Euridice?
May 13, 2014 12:02 AM Subscribe
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In a new production of Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera Orfeo ed Euridice
(Orpheus and Eurydice) in Vienna, the part of Euridice is shared between the soprano Christiane Karg, who sings from the stage, and Karin Anna Giselbrecht, a young woman in a persistent vegetative state, who lies in a nearby hospital. "The music is played to her and video cameras relay her image to the stage."
[From the opera blog Intermezzo
There is a plan to repeat the production in Brussels, where the video relay will star a patient named Els with locked in syndrome. The patients' families and medical teams reportedly responded with enthusiasm to the unusual casting choice by director Romeo Castellucci.
For those unfamiliar with the opera, here is its most famous aria, Che faró senza Euridice
, performed by Janet Baker in a more traditional production; Elisabeth Speiser, silent in this scene, plays Euridice. (The role of Orfeo is scored such that it can be played by either a low-voiced woman or a high-voiced man. In the Vienna production, Orfeo is sung by countertenor Bejun Mehta.)