Offenbach - Orphee aux Enfers
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Cat No: 100403
Format: DVD - NTSC
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th April 2014
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of La Monnaie / De Munt
This finely-focused and witty production of Jacques Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers with sets, costumes, lighting and effects by director Herbert Wernicke, is a visual and musical delight.
The burlesque – conducted by Patrick Davin – is situated at a famous fin de siècle café and, in a stupendous coup de theatre, the ensemble makes their entry into Hell in a steam locomotive, which crashes through the ceiling.
Elizabeth Vidal and Alexandru Badea in the main roles are supported energetically by the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of La Monnaie / De Munt and Offenbach’s famous “can-can” is, as ever, an intoxicating high spot.
In Offenbach’s light and elegant comedy on the Greek legend of Orpheus – a veiled satire on Napoleon III’s régime – a dissolute bunch of gods, bored with the cushioned confines of Mount Olympus, is in a rebellious mood. They are delighted to go slumming in Hell with the duplicitous Jupiter, who agrees personally to return Eurydice (now Pluto’s lover) to her reluctant (and unfaithful) husband, hoping that, in the process, she will succumb to his charms.
- Eurydice: Elizabeth Vidal
- Orpheus: Alexandru Badea
Stage Director: Herbert Wernicke
Live from La Monnaie / De Munt Brussels, 1997
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9 NTSC
Subtitle Languages: FR (Original Language), GB, DE, ES
Running Time: 120 mins
Region Code: 0
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