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Take a different journey with Orpheus in the Underworld
The popular love story of Orpheus and Eurydice is one of the classic romances of mythology. The underworld journey of Orpheus broke hearts as he failed to rescue the love of his life, however, the comic opera of Orpheus in the Underworld provides a spin-off from the typical hero-damsel romance. Instead, it is a satire that bites on the political side of the French court and government of the times. Buy or sell Orpheus in the Underworld tickets on StubHub and experience a different route on the hero’s journey.
Orpheus in the Underworld: can-can and the comic opera
Orpheus in the Underworld is different from the immortalised myth in Gluck’s Orfeus ed Euridice. Instead, it takes place as an opéra bouffon with music by Jacques Offenbach from 1858. The other act that completes the sequel is entitled Orpheus in Hell. The two-act opera, originally named Orphee aux enfers, was revised into a four-act version in 1874. Both performances became successful at the box-office and the opera is still staged internationally even to this day. The success of Orpheus in the Underworld financially provided for Offenbach’s company even if it was his first full-length opera. His masterpiece was empowered by the words of Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy. The popularity of the piece influenced even the Paris cabarets of the 19th century so much that the can-can used the opera’s culminating scene music. Since then, the association of the music and the dance have become inseparable. From the French original down to the most recent revivals, Orpheus in the Underworld continuously captures the hearts of the international theatre audience. Don’t miss a classic and grab Orpheus in the Underworld tickets now.
What is Orpheus in the Underworld about?
Orpheus in the Underworld is one of the most notable French operas of the 19th Century, like Gounod’s Faust and Bizet’s Carmen. It has caught the interest of theatre enthusiasts from the 19th century to the present day because of its unique take on the typical legend, while including the political context of its time. The opera is a parody that mocks the legend’s romantic tragedy and turns it into both a comic relief and a satire. Instead of a hero who embodies only positive traits, Orpheus is turned into a violin teacher who is glad that his wife was taken by the god of the Underworld. Instead of having a broken heart, Orpheus ventures into the Underworld because of public bullying. Orpheus' journey presents the Olympians and their reproachable behaviour. The masterpiece was therefore widely interpreted as a witty and cynical work that targets Napoleon III’s reign as Emperor of France. The veiled satire received both criticisms and commendations, as some critics aired their dismay at the kind of humour used at the expense of the classic myth, while others recognised the ingenuity behind the concept of the opera. Witness a classic turned into another classic when you get your own Orpheus in the Underworld tickets on StubHub.
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