ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD

November 10th & 12th, 2017 | As part of New Orleans Opera’s ongoing support of French culture and French opera we present, as part of our legacy year, Jacques Offenbach’s outrageous parody on the life of everyman Orpheus, as he quests heaven and hell for his true love?
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD

On May 22, 1796, a performance of Grétry’s Sylvain made New Orleans “America’s First City of Opera.” As part of our legacy year we continue our support of French opera with a new production of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. The composer’s outrageous parody of the famous Orpheus legend from Greek mythology hilariously poked fun at 19th-Century French politics, insulting just about everyone in the Second Empire. This work also gave birth to the “infernal galop,” which became so popular it was adopted into the “can-can” at the Moulin Rouge decades later. 

 

Maestro Lyall, who was recently knighted by the French government with the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres,” leads the company’s first-ever production of the operetta, conceived by stage director Alison Moritz and scenic designer Steven C. Kemp. Our brilliant cast features favorite New Orleans-born artists and leading international talent. >More Information and Synopsis

 

CAST 

Aristeus/Pluto – Daniel Curran 

Jupiter – Jarrett Ott 

Eurydice – Sara Hershkowitz 

Orpheus – Casey Candebat 

Public Opinion – Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet 

Cupid – Angela Mannino 

Diana – Cree Carrico 

Venus – Elizabeth de Trejo 

Juno – Amy Pfrimmer 

Minerva – Kathleen Halm 

Mercury – Alexander Sibley 

John Styx – Juan Luis Williams 

New Orleans Opera Chorus 

 

>More Information and Synopsis

PERFORMANCE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10th @8:00 PM

BRUNCH AND MATINEE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12th @2:30 PM

MAINSTAGE SERIES: FRIDAY AND SUNDAY

SINGLE TICKETS START AT $25

 

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