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With my song
I will charm Demeter’s daughter,
I will charm the Lord of the Dead,
Moving their hearts with my melody.
I will bear her away from Hades.

Of all the myths and stories of lovers separated by tragedy and time The Descent of Orpheus is one of the most tragic.  For like so many, it comes down to one mistake — a lack of trust.

On January 1-5, 2014  you can join the GOTHAM CHAMBER OPERA and Trinity Church as they present  in collaboration, the New York premiere of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers at St. Pauls Chapel. It will be a spectacular event.

The cast will be led by Daniel Curran as Orphée, Jeff Beruan as Pluton, and Jamilyn Manning-White as Eurydice. Charpentier’s 1686 opera retells the story of Orpheus who, upon learning of Eurydice’s sudden death, descends to Hades in order to convince Pluto to allow her to return with him to earth. This classic story of selfless love and the power of music to overcome death will be staged by Andrew Eggert and presented in historic St. Paul’s Chapel.

The creative team for La descente d’Orphée aux enfers consists of Neal Goren, conductor and Andrew Eggert, stage director.  Scenic design by Julia Noulin-Mérat, costume design by Vita Tzykun, lighting design by Mark Stanley, projections design by S. Katy Tucker, and choreography by Doug Elkins.



 St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway and Fulton, NYC.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 7pm

Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7pm

Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 5pm

Tickets are $15-$125 and are available at or (212) 279-4200. For more information visit

“[Gotham Chamber Opera] has become New York’s leading alternative to the Met.”

– Alex Ross, The New Yorker

Gotham Chamber Opera’s 2013/2014 season will continue in February with a double bill co-produced with and staged at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, consisting of Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda by Monteverdi, and a newly commissioned work, I Have No Stories to Tell You, by Gotham Chamber Opera Composer-In-Residence Lembit Beecher. The United States premiere of The Raven by Toshio Hosakawa at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater concludes the season in May 2014 as part of the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

Gotham Chamber Opera, now in its twelfth season, is the nation’s leading opera company dedicated to vibrant, fully staged productions of works intended for intimate venues. Its high quality presentations of small-scale rarities from the Baroque era to the present have earned Gotham an international reputation and unanimous critical praise.

The GRAMMY-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street is the premier ensemble of the music and arts program at Trinity Wall Street. Under the direction of Julian Wachner, the Choir leads the liturgical music at Trinity Church during Sunday services, performs in concerts throughout the year-highlighted by their renowned presentations of Handel’s Messiah which annually tops critics’ picks-and has made world-class recordings for NAXOS (Haydn: The Complete Masses, Handel’s Messiah, and Christmas from Trinity) and Musica Omnia (J.S. Bach: Complete Motets, released in September of 2011). It is both a beloved church choir, singing favorite Anglican hymns and historic sacred music, and one of New York City’s most acclaimed professional vocal ensembles.