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THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EXPLORES THE UNDERWORLD IN "THE ORPHEUS ADVENTURE"

By Keith Tittermary | Broadway World

"The Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland's School of Music is a two-year program for graduate students in Opera Performance. Their ambitious 'The Orpheus Adventure' is a gorgeous endeavor between the School of Music, along with the Theater and Dance Departments.

The first half of the performance was Christoph Wilibald Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. Gluck's opus first premiered in 1762 and traditionally casts the Greek prophet in a "pants role". At the Friday evening performance Orfeo was played convincingly by mezzo-soprano Jenny Anne Flory. Ms. Flory has a good navigation of Gluck's challenging music and does a fine job with the emotional connection of Orfeo's journey. As Euridice, soprano Alexis Aimé has a beautiful voice that resonates soundly in the theater over the equally gorgeous orchestra. Additionally, Esther Maureen Kelly as the goddess of love, Amore is beautiful and cunning in her performance. UMD Faculty member Adriane Fang's choreography is stunning as her dancers (Chelsea Brown, Stacey Carlson, Christine Hands, Christina O'Brien, Shawn Stone, and Gabrielle Welsh) further the story along with their masterful technique."

Read the complete review at Broadway World.

Photo: Geoff Sheil via Broadway World.

Date of Publication: 
4/10/17