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WBFO Music Profile: Singer-Songwriter Anais Mitchell

Anais Mitchell

By Lauren Mook


Buffalo, NY – Singer/Songwriter Anais Mitchell performs in Buffalo next week, featuring selections from a folk-opera she's released on a new CD.

The great poet and musician, Orpheus, is all set to marry his bride, Eurydice, when she accidentally stumbles on a snakes' nest at their wedding and is bitten and killed. Orpheus journeys into the underworld and convinces Hades to let him bring her back, only to lose Eurydice forever by breaking Hades' one condition that Orpheus not turn to look at her until they're both out of the underworld.

Anais Mitchell has tackled the ambitious project of reinterpreting the Orpheus myth into a folk opera.

Mitchell has performed her work, titled Hadestown, as a live theater production, and now she's released the songs as an album. Hadestown simultaneously haunts and delights from the first track, as it coaxes you into the dark underworld Mitchell describes as post-apocalyptic depression-era America.

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