The form of the piece is a symmetric cantata modeled after the visual interpretation of Dante's inferno. The text is one of the latest poems by the Polish-American poet Czeszlav Milosz, Orpheus and Eurydice.
In the opening scene Orpheus is faced with his own weakness when descending into Hell through elevators and glass-paneled doors:
then Orpheus (or Milosz himself) is reflecting upon his human condition and his special place in society as a poet/musician:
Finally, he reaches the bottom of Hell in a quite desolate place where he encounters many souls without memories and personalities:
At the next section he has recourse to his music, as he is confronted with eternal darkness:
At the center of the cantata is the song of Orpheus that convinces the Gods to release Eurydice :
The path upwards is a bit humorous as Orpheus tries to find out whether she is behind him by stopping and listening to her steps:
Watch the entire performance: