OPERA comes to Ilminster with a performance of Gluck’s 18th Century masterpiece Orfeo ed Euridice by Grassroots Opera.

Grassroots Opera, a company of young professional singers, was founded in 2018 by Devon based Soprano Chloe Stratta, and Mezzo-Soprano Anna Marie McLachlan. They aim to present opera in a way that is accessible to everyone, in intimate venues where audience members can feel immersed in the action and emotions presented.

Orfeo ed Euridice, a tale originating in Greek mythology, tells the story of Orfeo, a grieving man who is given the chance by Amore (the personification of love) to travel to the underworld in attempt to save his beloved wife Euridice. But is there more pain to be had in fighting nature? Can Euridice really be brought back, or has Orfeo been driven mad by grief? In this powerful production, Grassroots explores the lines between love and obsession, reality and imagination.

Orfeo et Euridice will be performed at Ilminster Arts Centre on April 12 at 8pm. Tickets are £16 and are available from Ilminster Arts Centre box office in person or on 01460 54973.