February 9-12, 2006

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

at The Catholic University of America

presented the World Premiere of

a new American opera:



© 2006 Dan Ferrario                                                                                                                  


opera in one act

based on the ancient Greek tragedy by Aeschylus


Music by Andrew Earle Simpson

Libretto by Sarah Brown Ferrario

translated directly from the ancient Greek


Directed by Michael Scarola


Thursday, February 9, 2006, 8:00 PM

Friday, February 10, 2006, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 11, 2006, 8:00 PM

Sunday, February 12, 2006, 4:00 PM



The Furies, based upon Aeschylus' ancient Greek tragedy Eumenides, sets the final play of the Oresteia trilogy.  Orestes, guilty of killing his mother Klytemnestra to avenge her murder of his father Agamemnon, flees first to Apollo at Delphi and then to Athena at Athens, seeking relief and release from the bloodthirsty Furies who are fated to pursue his every step.  At Athens, the gods institute a new kind of justice by placing Orestes on trial for his actions.  With his acquittal, vendetta is replaced by peace and promise, and the trilogy concludes with a triumphant hymn to Athens.  Director Michael Scarola of the New York City Opera brings his creative talents to the staging of this production.


Click here to read the Washington Post review of this production

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All four performances of The Furies are available online in streaming audio and video.  Click on the button below to select a performance to watch.



Learn more about Agamemnon and The Libation Bearers, the first two operas of The Oresteia Project, by clicking on their buttons below.  Each opera has its own website, including full synopses, libretti, and streaming audio and video of all performances.



For more information about The Oresteia Project and its operas, you may email the composer directly at simpson@cua.edu.



Apollo purifies Orestes with the blood of a pig at the Omphalos of Delphi.  Attributed to Eumenides Painter.  Apulian, 380-370 BC.
Paris, Louvre Museum.  Credits: Barbara McManus, 1999.  Image courtesy of the VRoma Project, http://www.vroma.org