Hades Tried to Keep Her

“The enemy is poverty and the wall keeps out the enemy, that’s why we build the wall, we build the wall to keep us free.” The people of Hadestown have been convinced that their confinement is for their own good. Who wouldn’t be convinced with Hades, as sung by Greg Brown, lording over them? But Orpheus, otherwise known as Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, is on the outside looking in at his ladylove, Eurydice, and by charm or trickery Orpheus will have her back. Eurydice is sung by Anaïs Mitchell, the creator of Hadestown, a folk opera that wonders if love really can overcome all, including economic and societal depression.