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In the Beginning: Creation Myths of the Biblical World

Modern Film Adaptation of Orpheus and Euridice


Orfeo ed Euridice [videorecording] / music by Christoph Willibald Gluck, in the edition by Ludwich Finscher ; libretto by Pierre-Louis Moline after Raniero de Galzabigi.


West Long Branch, NJ : Kultur, [2002?]


1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Sung in Italian; subtitles in English.


Stage director, Harry Kupfer ; opera director, Paul Findlay ; musical preparation, Mark Packwood, David Syrus ; producer, Derek Bailey ; costumes, Eleanor Kleiber ; lighting, Willibald Kammer ; movement, Lothar Wiebe ; directed for video by Hans Hulscher.


Jochen Kowalski (Orfeo) ; Jeremy Budd (Amor) ; Gillian Webster (Euridice) ; The Royal Opera Chorus ; chorus director, Robin Stapleton ; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House ; leader, John Brown ; conductor, Hartmut Haenchen.

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1991.

"A Landseer Production for RM Arts in association with NOS and Channel 4"--Container.

System Details

DVD, Dolby digital.


In this updated version of the Greek myth, Orfeo, dressed in a leather jacket, trainers and jeans, sees his Eurdice die in a street accident. Succumbing to depression, he languishes in Hades, a psychiatric hospital, before taking his electric guitar to charm the beasts in an innercity concrete jungle.

Local Note

Gift of Mary Wickes in honor of her parents Isabella and Frank Wickenhauser.



Orpheus (Greek mythology) -- Drama.

Eurydice (Greek mythology) -- Drama.

Local Term

Wickes, Mary, 1910-1995. Donor

Wickenhauser, Isabella. Honoree

Wickenhauser, Frank. Honoree

Other Author

Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von, 1714-1787. Orfeo ed Euridice.

Moline, M. (Pierre Louis), ca. 1740-1821, Librettist.

Calzabigi, Ranieri de, 1714-1795, Librettist.

Kowalski, Jochen, 1954- Performer.

Webster, Gillian, Performer.

Budd, Jeremy, Performer.

Haenchen, Hartmut, Conductor.

Kupfer, Harry, Director.

Finscher, Ludwig.

Haenchen, Hartmut.

Stapleton, Robin.

Other Author

Royal Opera House (London, England)

Landseer Productions (Firm)

RM Arts (Firm)

Nederlandse Omroepprogramma Stichting.

Channel Four (Great Britain)

Other Title

Orpheus and Euridice



Nova Program "The Bible's Buried Secrets"

Here is a link to the NOVA page with the film. I tis also freely available on Hulu.


Mesopotamia (Kassite): Goddess Innin

Temple of the Goddess Innin at Uruk: detail of niche figure (Ishtar?) from the facade, 15th century B.C. Pergamon Museum, Berlin ArtStor image.

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