Harrison Birtwistle

The Mask of Orpheus

Losing love hurts.
Keep moving.
Don’t look back.

18 Oct - 13 Nov 2019

Harrison Birtwistle’s iconic masterpiece retells the Orpheus myth in a non-linear narrative, as the opera’s leading characters appear in three distinct guises.

The Mask of Orpheus, with a libretto by Peter Zinovieff, is scored for massive orchestral forces, which builds into a three dimensional picture that leads us from inconsolable grief to acceptance and transformation.

ENO Artistic Consultant Daniel Kramer’s staging will be the first in London since its premiere at the London Coliseum over 30 years ago. He is joined by conductor and ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins, following their collaborations on War Requiem and Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel.

Costume designs are by ‘England’s most outrageous dresser’ (Vogue) Daniel Lismore, while the cast includes several regular ENO artists noted for their expertise in contemporary music: Peter Hoare; Daniel Norman; Susan Bickley; James Cleverton and Robert Hayward.

Supported by Linda Christmas, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, and a syndicate of donors
Crystals provided exclusively by Swarovski

Suggested age guidance 16+
This production contains scenes of a graphic nature and sexual violence.

5 Evening Performances Remaining
Running Time
3hrs 20mins

We offer brilliant opera experiences at a range of affordable prices. Tickets start at just £10 plus £2.25 booking fee per ticket. A maximum of £9.00 per transaction is charged for Multi-Buy Packages.

Pre performance talk
25 Oct 2019
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

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Creative Team

Martyn Brabbins


James Henshaw

Second Conductor

Daniel Kramer


Lizzie Clachan

Set Designer

Daniel Lismore

Costume Designer

Barnaby Booth


Peter Mumford

Lighting/Video Designer

Ian Dearden (Sound Intermedia)

Sound Designer


Peter Hoare

Orpheus the Man

Daniel Norman

Orpheus the Myth/Hades

Yamoussa Bangoura

Orpheus the Hero

Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Eurydice the Woman

Susan Bickley

Eurydice the Myth/Persephone

Alfa Marks

Eurydice the Hero

James Cleverton

Aristaeus the Man

Simon Bailey

Aristaeus the Myth/Charon

Leo Hedman

Aristaeus the Hero

Claron McFadden

The Oracle of the

Robert Hayward

The Caller

William Morgan

First Priest/Judge of the Dead

David Ireland

Second Priest/Judge of the Dead

Simon Wilding

Third Priest/Judge of the Dead

Charlotte Shaw

First Woman/Fury 1

Katie Coventry

Second Woman/Fury 2

Katie Stevenson

Third Woman/Fury 3