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Orpheus' hellish plight

PUBLISHED: 17:34 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 17:24 16 August 2010

CLASSICAL Greek mythology is the theme in a 250-year-old opera. Orpheus and Eurydice is due to be performed at Blackheath Concert Halls,

CLASSICAL Greek mythology is the theme in a 250-year-old opera.

Orpheus and Eurydice is due to be performed at Blackheath Concert Halls, in Lee Road, Blackheath Village, on July 14, 16 and 17 at 7pm.

Gluck's 1762 opera telling the story of Orpheus' mission to regain his dead wife from Haydes will be sung in English with music provided by the Halls' own orchestra.

The Blackheath Concert Halls Community Opera 2009 allows professional directors to work with a chorus of some 300 residents and more than 100 school children.

Orpheus will be played by Royal Opera House performer Wendy Dawn, while Amor will be played by soprano Jane Harrington. English National Opera directors Elaine Tyler Hall and Leigh O'Hara, will direct. A matinee performance will also be held on Sunday, July 19 at 2pm. For more information, email rose.ballan

tyne@blackheathhalls.com. For tickets priced £15 or £12, contact the box office on 020 8463 0100, or visit www.blackheathhallsopera.com.

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