MCT Presents: The Legend of Orpheus – February 14-16

Experience the legendary love story of Orpheus and Eurydice, set to music of the Baroque era in the opera titled The Legend of Orpheus.  The production is a bi-annual collaboration between MCT’s Out of the Box Productions, the University of Montana Opera Theater and the University of Montana Symphony Orchestra.  It will be presented live on stage at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts February 14-16, 2014.  Offering this love story on Valentine’s weekend gives romantics the perfect date night!

MCTAs the creative team of David Cody, Anne Basinski, and Luis Millán considered a title for this year’s collaboration, Dr. Millán said, “Let’s do a Baroque pastiche!”  They chose individual pieces from various Baroque operas (by Purcell and Handel, among others) and put them together, with a new English text, to make their own opera.  Adding to the work is a group of talented dancers, choreographed by Joy French.  The Metropolitan Opera’s Baroque pastiche in the 2011-2012 season (The Enchanted Island) was very successful, and that particular production will be repeated this year in New York.

The Legend of Orpheus is an ambitious collaboration which features an original storyline and lyrics, and a cast of twenty-eight performers from the University of Montana, including singers and dancers.  There are two casts with some members performing in both casts.   MCT provides the technical support, costuming, theatre space, and ticket sales.  The production is being sponsored by Tom Rickard and Cathy Capps.

Tickets for The Legend of Orpheus are available beginning Monday, January 27th.  The piece  runs approximately 2 ½ hours, including an intermission and plays Friday, February 14th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 15th at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 16th at 2:00 p.m.  Ticket prices range from $15.00-$21.00 and can be purchased at the MCT box office (200 North Adams), online, or by calling (406) 728-7529.  All seats are reserved.