Orpheus in the Underworld
Orphée aux enfers was Jacques Offenbach’s first full-length opera. It is a lampoon of the ancient legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. The original 1858 production became a box-office success.
About Orpheus in the Underworld in brief
Orphée aux enfers was Jacques Offenbach’s first full-length opera. It is a lampoon of the ancient legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. The original 1858 production became a box-office success, and ran well into the following year. In the last decade of the 19th century the Paris cabarets the Moulin Rouge and Folies Bergère adopted the music of the \”Galop infernal\” from the culminating scene of the opera to accompany the can-can. The work was frequently staged in France and internationally during the composer’s lifetime and throughout the 20th century. It continues to be revived in the 21st century and has been recorded on a number of occasions, including in the 1990s as a live version by the Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France, and in the 2000s by the Opéra-Dramatique de France, among others. The score was written by Offen Bach with words by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy. It was first performed as a two-act \”opéra bouffon\” at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris, on 21 October 1858, and was extensively revised and expanded in a four-act version, presented on 7 February 1874. It ran for 228 nights, at a time when a run of 100 nights was considered a success and provoked huge interest in the Parisian public, who flocked to see it.
The 1874 revival broke records at the Gaîté’s box- office. In 1980 Alexander Faris wrote a book about the opera, Orphée Aux Enfers: A Study in Music and Drama, published by Simon & Schuster, for which he has received a B.A. from the Sorbonne University of Paris, with a fee of £1,000. For more information on the book, visit www.sorbonne.edu.uk. For a copy of the book or to order a copy, call the phone on 0203 615 4157 or visit http://www.samaritans.org.uk/orphée-aux-enfers-a-study-in-music-and-drama/ or call the telephone on 0800 615 3157. For the full version of this article, visit the Samaritans’ website or the website of The Samaritans, which is based on the same name. For. more information, visit the Samaritans’ website or the Samaritans and the website of the Society of Music and Dance, which is based on the same name, for. the same reason, see http:// www.samarsitans.com/orpheus-aux en fers a-souvenir and-the-symphony-of-the dance.