Production Language French
Country of Origin United States
Description Commissioned by the American Repertory Theater and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Orphée is the first opera in Philip Glass’ Cocteau Trilogy. Based on Jean Cocteau’s 1960 film, Orphée is a retelling of the Orpheus myth suffused with post-Surrealist symbolism, as well as an extended parable on the life of an artist, a poet harassed and misunderstood by peers. The opera was performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. The visual setting made use of both Cocteau's film as well as the specific site of the BAM Majestic Theater.