Killer Queen Opera Co. to Present ‘La Favola d’Orfeo

By David Salazar

Killer Queen Opera Co. will present “La Favola d’Orfeo” on June 29 and 30, 2024.

The production adapts the famed Monteverdi opera to a not-so-distant dystopia with Ancient Greece seen through the surreal world of Orfeo’s dreams.

“Our production of Monteverdi’s ‘La Favola d’Orfeo’ is an immersive performance exploring the toll of grief and the process of understanding and accepting loss through community,” said director Christina Swanson in an official press release. “ While traditionally set in Ancient Greece, we explore themes of loss and community by re-contextualizing the Orpheus myth 50 years from today, in the wake of climate catastrophe.
“After losing their wife, Eurydice, Orpheus enters a surrealist dream state, envisioning a reality in which they can transcend mortality to rescue her. Thus Grief drives Orpheus’s descent, not into an underworld, but into a place of denial, isolation, and fantasy. Only through the support of their community can acceptance and healing begin in the wake of death’s immutable toll. Surrealism seeps through the orchestra with the addition of electric guitar. Contemporary movement is woven into the ‘baroque world,’ while baroque music infiltrates the ‘future world.'”
The opera stars Jay St. Flono as Orfeo with Andrea Wozniak as Euridice. Other cast members include Alonso Jordán López, Brian Alvarado, Marie Anello, and Samuel Flores. Giulia Magarelli is the music director of the production.
Killer Queen Opera describes itself as “a NYC-based, female-led arts organization dedicated to featuring female artists, artists of diverse backgrounds, and the LGBTQ+ community through artistic experiences that bring awareness to issues that our communities face today.”