The Corridor, Harrison Birtwistle’s subversive opera, is coming to the Oxford stage for the first time this January. It will take place in the New College Chapel on January 23rd, 25th and 27th.
The Corridor relates a single moment. First, the background: Orpheus and Eurydice have wed. It was a joyous occasion. Eurydice has died. It was heart-wrenching. Orpheus, destroyed, has decided that he cannot accept this sequence of events. He has journeyed to Hades to retrieve his beloved, striking a deal with the gods of the dead that he may bring her back to the world of the living only if he does so without turning to look at her during the return journey. They have nearly completed their journey. Now, our moment: Orpheus turns and looks at Eurydice.
In the history of the Orpheus-Eurydice myth, Eurydice is too often silenced. This is a work which gives her a voice with which to express her experience, her criticism, her story. This production, through a feminist reading of the myth and immersive theatre practices, will explore the way that our points of view, our lived experiences, and who we are, matter.
This is a work that we hope will both appeal to those who already have a passion for opera, as well as being a wonderful introduction to those who are new to the genre.
Tickets are £12, with £7 concessions tickets available for Students and Seniors. There is also a special group discount available which is 10% off for groups larger than 10 people!