Orpheus Lex

A Modern Setting Of Orpheus And Eurydice

Mary Nelson Bennett composer
David Kranes libretto

The New York Virtuoso Singers | Harold Rosenbaum conductor
The Artemis Chamber Ensemble
David Arnold baritone
Wendy Baker soprano
Nathan Bahny narrator

Release Date: April 29, 2014
Catalog #: RR7885
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Stage Works

ORPHEUS LEX is composer Marie Nelson Bennett and librettist David Kranes’ modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Setting Orpheus as a popular folk singer retired in a mountain retreat in Idaho, Bennett-a protégé of Paul Hindemith and a milestonein her field-uses her influences and years of experience to bring the tale to life. Alongside Kranes’ libretto, the work spins the classic tale into one of remembrance and looking back into time with a poignant twist. This album presents a live recording of the work, performed by narrator Nathan Bahny, The Artemis Chamber Ensemble, and the acclaimed New York Virtuoso Singers under conductor Harold Rosenbaum, with baritone Dave Arnold and soprano Wendy Baker.


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Artist Information

Marie Nelson Bennett


Utah composer, Marie Nelson Bennett (1926 – 2018), earned her music degree from Yale while studying with Paul Hindemith. She earned her PhD in composition from the University of Utah.