Offenbach - Orphee aux Enfers | Arthaus 100403

Offenbach - Orphee aux Enfers

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Label: Arthaus

Cat No: 100403

Format: DVD - NTSC

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 28th April 2014

Contents

Artists

Elizabeth Vidal
Alexandru Badea
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of La Monnaie / De Munt

Conductor

Patrick Davin

Works

Offenbach, Jacques

Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux enfers)

Artists

Elizabeth Vidal
Alexandru Badea
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of La Monnaie / De Munt

Conductor

Patrick Davin

About

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.

Cast:
- 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
FSK: 0
Region Code: 0
Worldwide available

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