Glucks revolutionary opera  Orfeo ed Euridice was a highlight of Galway International Arts Festival 2018 where it had a run of sold out performances. This major new production from  Irish National Opera  and United Fall is directed and choreographed by one of Irelands most exciting dance theatre makers, Emma Martin, who "creates the sublime out of grief (The Independent).
Mezzo soprano  Sharon Cartys  performance in the title role is "compelling, both vocally and dramatically (Goldenplec). She is "well matched by  Sarah Powers  mysterious Euridice (Sunday Independent).  Emma Nash  is a "powerfully soaring Amore (Sunday Independent), and the production also features an ensemble of four singers and four United Fall dancers who "beautifully amplify the libretto (The Independent).
The power of the Orpheus myth lies in its balance between mortality and hope, transcendence and love.  Orfeo ed Euridice is a powerful mix of music, song, dance and imagery, and features Glucks famous and profoundly moving aria Che farò senza Euridice. Sabine Dargents set design is described as "sublime, and Stephen Dodds lighting design as "meticulous (Exeunt Magazine) while Catherine Fays costumes are "simply stunning (Irish Independent).
Peter Whelan, "consistently attentive to the balance of voices and instruments (The Irish Times),  conducts the  Irish Baroque Orchestra.