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Orpheus in the Underworld

[Orphée aux enfers]

Shameless, funny and cheeky! In Barrie Kosky's wildly acclaimed production at the 2019 Salzburg Festival, the first Offenbach operetta in the festival’s nearly 100-year-long history, grandiose Mythological Travesty joins an enthusiastic ensemble of the highest caliber.

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Komische Oper Berlin

Behrenstraße 55 10117  Berlin


Led by the inimitable Max Hopp as John Styx, who lends his speaking voice to each figure on stage, Sydney Mancasola as Eurydice, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as Pluto and Günter Papendell as Jupiter plunge into a gaudy, impudent, and hellish underworld.

Offenbach’s starting point is »slightly« different than that of the myth: Eurydice, the central figure, hates the music personified by her spouse. And Orpheus himself is nothing more than a music teacher of minor importance from Thebes; Aristaeus, the divine seducer, is playing a honey trader, and Jupiter, the »father of the gods«, is a horny goat, constantly on the prowl.

The mysterious John Styx tells the story of the petty-bourgeois Orpheus and his annoyed Eurydice, of goddesses and gods in search of diversion, weary of everyday life on Olympus. Burning with curiosity about the beautiful abductee and the contest between Jupiter and Pluto for the favour of Eurydice, the illustrious company embarks on a hellish ride into the underworld, culminating in what is probably the most famous cancan in music history. And Eurydice? She wreaks havoc on everyone in the end.

Together with Otto Pichler's sensuous-absurd choreography, Rufus Didwiszu's convertible stage settings and Victoria Behr's costumes with a hint of the »Parisian«, director Barrie Kosky ignites Offenbach's »Fire of Disrespect« (Émile Zola) anew. »Max Hopp as the voice of John Styx is an excellent casting – as wonderfully peculiar as the production itself.« [The New York Times] Libretto by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy

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Teilnehmende Künstler
Victoria Behr (kostume)
Jean-Christophe Charron (chor)
Rufus Didwiszus (buhnenbildner)
Franck Evin (licht)
Susanna Goldberg (dramaturgie)
Barrie Kosky (regie)
Adrien Perruchon (dirigent)
Otto Pichler (choreografie)
Tansel Akzeybek (Orpheus)
Sydney Mancasola (Eurydike)
Max Hopp (John Styx)
Jennifer Larmore (Die öffentliche Meinung)
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Pluto)
Günter Papendell (Jupiter)
Karolina Gumos (Juno)
Alma Sadé (Venus)
Maria Fiselier (Diana)
Nadine Weissmann (Cupido)
Peter Renz (Merkur)

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