Orphée aux Enfers
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Orphée aux Enfers

Offenbach
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Sung in
French
Subtitles in
English
French

Here is an irrelevant take on the tragic story of the lovers Orpheus and Eurydice. With his librettists Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy, Jacques Offenbach creates a wonderful array of characters from the heavens who find themselves caught up in domestic antics. 

Eurydice, the central figure, hates the music personified by her spouse, Orpheus, a humble music teacher from Thebes. Aristaeus, a shepherd and divine seducer, is actually Pluto himself disguised. Jupiter, father of the gods, is constantly on the prowl for the ladies. Yes the goddesses and gods are weary of everyday life on Olympus and are in search of diversions. 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 can-can in music history. In this enchanting production from the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence from 2009 with a young cast from the European Academy of Music, director Yves Beaunesne transposes the action to the 1940s and spreads it over the four floors of a bourgeois residence. From the kitchen (Orpheus' home) to the attic (the Underworld), via the dining room (Olympus) and the bedroom (Pluto's boudoir), he succeeds in teasing out all the humour and elegance of Offenbach’s satirical masterpiece.

Cast

Eurydice
Pauline Courtin
Orphée
Julien Behr
Aristée / Pluton
Mathias Vidal
Jupiter
Vincent Deliau
L’Opinion Publique
Marie Gautrot
John Styx
Jérôme Billy
Mercure
Paul Cremazy
Cupidon
Emmanuelle De Negri
Diane
Soula Parassidis
Vénus
Marie Kalinine
Minerve
Estelle Kaique
Junon
Sabine Revault d'Allonnes
Chorus
Chorus of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
Orchestra
Camerata Salzburg
...
Music
Jacques Offenbach
Text
Hector Crémieux
Ludovic Halévy
Conductor
Alain Altinoglu
Director
Yves Beaunesne
Dramaturgy, adaptation
Marion Bernède
Chorus Master
Nicolas Kruger
Choreography
Jean Gaudin
Sets
Damien Caille-Perret
Lighting
Joël Hourbeigt
Costumes
Patrice Cauchetier
Hair and Make-Up
Catherine Saint-Sever
...

Video

Extract

Partons, partons !

When Public Opinion and Orpheus come to claim Eurydice, all of Olympus decides to descend to the Underworld; Jupiter out of curiosity about the pretty woman, the other gods in search of a little fun.

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