Countertenor John Kelly’s “Orpheus and Eurydice” is Grand Opera, Dance and Show Tunes [Berkshire on Stage]

October 14th, 2011, 11:00 am by Sara
John Kelly: Find My Way Home @ MASS MoCA

From our News Desk: On Saturday, October 15 at 8 an extraordinary performance of Find My Way Home will take place at Mass MoCA. If you are not familiar with countertenors, you are in for a surprise when you attend this fascinating offering at the always innovative Mass MoCA. If the “Three Tenors” were able to drive audiences wild, then John Kelly – who is a countertenor singing an even higher range of notes – will make everyone go absolutely crazy.

But his voice is just part of it. He is a multidisciplinary artist using every tool imaginable to recast the classic role of Orpheus as a famous 30’s radio crooner. Orpheus makes a pact with the gods and descends into hell to bring Eurydice back to life. Created during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Find My Way Home deconstructs genres of opera, period dance, and cinematic acting, and includes scenes and arias from Gluck’s baroque opera Orfeo Ed Eurydice, (sung in Kelly’s countertenor voice), together with film sequences, set and costume design, and a company of 11 singers and dancers.

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