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 

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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