The City Lit Opera School's end-of-year showcase includes both Gluck's Orpheus and Euridice and Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief
The City Lit runs a year-long course for singers preparing for conservatoires or entering the profession with staged workshop performances at the end of each term. The final term sees fully staged productions; this year, love and morality are the connecting theme.
In Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice the price of looking at Euridice whilst trying to rescue her from Hades will be to lose her, warns Cupid when, following her death, Orpheus begs him to bring her back to life. But she does not understand his unwillingness to look at her and refuses to go with him. What is he to do? City Lit Opera presents an adapted version of the original, which includes ballet sequences, to focus on the text.
The Old Maid and the Thief is full of moral decisions for a young maid and the old maid of the title. What is love worth? Two lonely women take in a handsome wanderer who might or might not be a thief. Should they turn to theft to keep him there? Should they rob a liquor store to provide him with the drink he asks for? And should the young maid ransack the house and run away with him leaving the old maid with nothing?
The City Lit Opera School’s Summer showcase, Love and Morality opens at St Mary’s Church, Maldon, on July 7 as part of the Maldon Festival and moves to the John Lyon Theatre at the City Lit in London for two performances starting on July 10.