Curlew River & Orfeo ed Euridice


The USC Thornton Opera Program and USC Thornton Symphony present a double-bill of one-act operas, Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River and Christoph Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. These contrasting operas, composed 300 years apart, tell stories of love, loss, suffering and redemption that continue to resonate today. Set in a Skid Row Neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles, the transformational river crossing of each story is captured within a homeless encampment. Join the singer-actors of the Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Department and Instrumentalists of the Thornton Symphony for this deeply thoughtful evening of opera theater.

Bing Theatre
USC University Park Campus

Performance dates

November 18, 2021 | 8:00 pm
November 19, 2021 | 8:00 pm – Thornton Signature Series Event
November 20, 2021 | 8:00 pm – Thornton Signature Series Event
November 21, 2021 | 2:00 pm


Tickets for all four shows are available through the USC Ticket Office online or call (213) 740-4672.

The shows on the 19th and 20th are Thornton Signature Series events and will be livestreamed! Find out more at the Thornton/Live page.

Bing Theatre, USC University Park Campus

USC Students, staff and faculty with valid ID, free.
Seniors, alumni and non-USC students, $12.
General Public, $18

Curlew River
by Benjamin Britten, libretto by William Plomer

Orfeo ed Euridice
by Christoph Gluck, libretto by Ranieri de Calzabigi

Brent McMunn, Conductor/Music Director
Ken Cazan, Resident Stage Director/Set Designer

Edina Hiser, Costume Designer
David Jacques, Lighting Designer

Opera Home Page

Current COVID-19 Safety Requirements for Audiences

Event Registration & Notification Commitment

  • All attendees must be registered for each event through the USC Ticket Office.
  • All attendees must register for a ticket with their contact information. Name, phone number, and email addresses will be requested and required of all attendees to gain entry to the event.
  • Additionally, by registering all those who test positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of attending an event are committing to immediately reporting their exposure to the university by calling 213-740-6291 or emailing to activate the university’s contact tracing protocols.

Proof of Vaccination or Testing All attendees are required to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to have had a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of the start of the event. Attendees over the age of 12 are required to show their photo ID and proof of vaccination (vaccine card or a digital photo of card or medical records) or a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours prior to the event.

Symptom Checking & Campus Access

All guests must complete the Trojan Check health screening on the day of their visit to campus. Trojan Check verification must be presented at the entries to the campus and parking garages as well as at the event check-in.

Mask Requirement

This event will require masks for all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks should be worn at all times when individuals are not actively consuming food or beverage. Anyone refusing to comply with mask requirements is subject to removal from the event.