Orpheus' trip to the Underworld to recover Eurydice. First performed in 1858 and perhaps the first ever full-length classical operetta, this opera is perhaps most famous for the 'Can Can', or as it is properly called, 'The Infernal Gallop'.


Music: Offenbach
Lyrics(s): Ludivoc Halevy, Hector-Jonathan Cremieux
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Archive listings for Orpheus in the Underworld

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Performed in English.Producer English National Opera. Conductor Sian Edwards. Conductor Valentina Peleggi (Nov 1/26/28). Director Emma Rice (English Book). Design Lizzie Clachan. Costume Lez Brotherston. Lighting Malcolm Rippeth. Choreographer Ella Murfitt. Lyrics Tom Morris (English Lyrics). Director Matthew Monaghan (Associate Director). Performer Ed Lyon (Orpheus). Performer Claudia Boyle (Eurydice). Performer Lucia Lucas (Public Opinion). Performer Williard White (Jupiter). Performer Robert Hayward (Jupiter Nov 21/26/28). Performer Alex Otterburn (Pluto). Performer Alan Oke (John Styx). Performer Keel Watson (Mars). Performer Idunnu Munch (Venus). Performer Mary Bevan (Diana).
5 Oct 19 to 28 Nov 19London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L1016686589


Sung in original French with surtitles. Dialogue in Jeremy Sam's witty English translation.Company Royal Academy Opera. Conductor Gareth Hancock. Director Martin Duncan. Design Alex Doidge-Green. Choreographer Steve Elias.
3 Feb 17 to 6 Feb 17Hackney Empire, Outer London :: V309
listing details L924243835


Presented byDore G&S Society.
6 Apr 16 to 9 Apr 16Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield :: V1804222198
listing details L01451117927


Company Hungarian University.
20 Aug 13Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate :: V942
listing details L0351860396
16 Aug 13Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
listing details L1768416594


Company Southampton Operatic Society.
21 Feb 12 to 25 Feb 12NST Campus, Southampton :: V776
listing details L1997745308


Company Scottish Opera. Company Northern Ireland Opera. Translation Rory Bremner. Musical Director Clare Haslin (piano). Musical Director Ruth Wilkinson (piano). Director Oliver Mears. Design Simon Holdsworth. Lighting Giuseppe di Iorio. Choreographer Anna Morrissey. Performer Nicholas Sharratt (Orpheus). Performer Jane Harrington (Eurydice). Performer Maire Flavin (Public Opinion). Performer Brendan Collins (Jupiter). Performer Daire Halpin (Diana). Performer Gavan Ring (Pluto/Aristaeus). Performer Ross McInroy (John Styx/Mars). Performer Marie Claire Breen (Venus/Cupid). Performer Olivia Ray (Juno). Performer Christopher Diffey (Mercury).
30 Nov 11 to 10 Dec 11The Young Vic, West End :: V245
listing details L1311094056
8 Sep 11 to 11 Sep 11Citizens Theatre, Glasgow :: V611
listing details L0643425233


Company Leeds Youth Opera.
10 Feb 10 to 13 Feb 10The Carriageworks, Leeds :: V1666392263
listing details L1796744418


Sung in EnglishProducer Holland Park. Translation Jeremy Sames. Conductor John Owen Edwards. Director Tom Hawkes. Design Peter Rice. Choreographer Jenny Weston. Performer Jeni Bern (Eurydice). Performer Benjamin Segal (Orpheus). Performer Daniel Broad (Pluto). Performer Ian Caddy (Jupiter). Performer Nuala Willis (Public Opinion). Performer Oliver White (Mercury). Performer John Lofthouse (John Styx). Performer Nicola Stonehouse (Diana). Performer Jane Harrington (Cupid). Performer Verity Parker (Venus). Performer Louise Crane (Minerva). Performer Jill Pert (Juno). Performer Maciek O'Shea (Mars).
30 Jun 09 to 11 Jul 09Opera Holland Park - Open Air Theatre, Inner London :: V203
listing details L0646590355


Company Rugby Operatic Society. Director Judi Walton. Musical Director David King.
17 Feb 09 to 21 Feb 09Rugby Theatre, Rugby :: V133
listing details L01914340728


Company Belfast Operatic Company.
22 Apr 08 to 26 Apr 08Grand Opera House, Belfast :: V548
listing details L0668538635


Company Alnwick Stage Musical Society.
10 Mar 08 to 15 Mar 08Playhouse, Alnwick :: V1176
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Company Cotswold Savoyards.
21 Nov 05 to 26 Nov 05Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham :: V92
listing details L1906942350


Producer Meriel Patrick. Company Oxford University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Translation Jeremy Sams. Director Simon Tavener. Conductor Huw Thomas.
1 Jun 05 to 4 Jun 05The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
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Producer Jennifer Wilkie. Company University of Portsmouth Dramatic and Musical Society. Director Colin Jagger (music).
9 Mar 05 to 12 Mar 05New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth :: V769
listing details L01202391656


WebsiteCompany Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Edinburgh.
17 Mar 04 to 20 Mar 04King's Theatre, Edinburgh :: V601
listing details L915017180


Company Radlett Light Operatic Society.
18 Nov 03 to 22 Nov 03The Radlett Centre, Radlett :: V1098
listing details L35743848


Company Churches Drama. Company CDOT.
18 Nov 03 to 22 Nov 03Thameside Theatre, Grays :: V39
listing details L0724567057


Company LopSoc.
5 Mar 03 to 8 Mar 03NST Campus, Southampton :: V776
listing details L01274127659


Company Harlequin Players Light Opera.
17 Oct 02 to 19 Oct 02Compass Theatre, Outer London :: V1166
listing details L136613747


Company AODS.
20 May 02 to 24 May 02Minack Theatre, Penzance :: V872
listing details L0735202050


Company Surrey Opera. Conductor Jonathan Butcher. Director Mark Hathaway.
13 Feb 02 to 16 Feb 02Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks :: V688
listing details L311851659


Company Avon Light Opera Club.
9 Oct 01 to 13 Oct 01Redgrave Theatre, Bristol :: V858
listing details L01551809489


Orpheus can't stand his wife, Eurydice, and is delighted when she is bitten by a poisonous snake and carried off to the underworld by Pluto. Public Opinion confronts the overjoyed Orpheus and demands that he follows her to Hades and bring Eurydice back. With his much vaunted reputation at stake he has to agree. His journey takes an unusual path and by the end it seems that everyone wants Eurydice but who will she choose?Company Reading Operatic Society.
25 Sep 01 to 29 Sep 01The Hexagon, Reading :: V734
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Company Duchy Opera.
6 Jun 01The Poly Falmouth, Falmouth :: V875
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Company Worthing Light Opera Company.
20 Sep 00 to 23 Sep 00Pavilion Theatre, Worthing :: V726
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Sung in EnglishCompany Opera North. Director Martin Duncan. Performer Frances NcCafferty (Public Opinion). Performer Mary Hegarty (Eurydice). Performer Jamie MacDougall (Orpheus). Performer Alan Oke (Pluto). Performer Eric Roberts (Jupiter). Performer Margaret Preece (Diana). Conductor Wyn Davies. Design Tim Hatley.
20 Jun 00 to 23 Jun 00Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
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14 Jun 00 to 15 Jun 00Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
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Sung in English. Orpheus and Eurydice's marriage is in trouble. He's a musician, but she can't stnd the noise, so she sets off to the underworld. Meanwhile, on Mount Olympus, the gods are bored, and sick of the notoriously randy Jupiter who's the only one who ever seems to have any fun. They fancy a break and before long everybody's gone to hell.Company Opera North. Director Martin Duncan. Performer Frances McCafferty (Public Opinion). Performer Mary Hegarty (Eurydice). Performer Jamie MacDougall (Orpheus). Performer Alan Oke (Pluto). Performer Eric Roberts (Jupiter). Performer Margaret Preece (Diana). Conductor Wyn Davies. Design Tim Hatley.
7 Jun 00 to 8 Jun 00The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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19 May 00 to 3 Jun 00Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds :: V975
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The Scottish premiere of the very funny English translation which was originally presented by English National Opera in the 1980's during the Thatcher years of government. The role of Public Opinion, which then bore a striking resemblance to the Iron Lady herself, may now remind audiences of a certain suburban housewife trying to keep up appearances as this zany production owes more to Scottish pantomime than French operetta.Company The Orpheus Club. Translation Snoo Wilson. Translation David Pountney. Producer Walter Paul. Director Iain Campbell (music).
29 Feb 00 to 4 Mar 00Theatre Royal, Glasgow :: V623
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Director John Abulafia. Conductor Tom Higgins.
20 Jul 99 to 24 Jul 99Opera Holland Park - Open Air Theatre, Inner London :: V203
listing details L0778104740


Company Darlington Operatic Society.
22 Apr 98 to 2 May 98Darlington Hippodrome (formerly Civic Theatre), Darlington :: V562
listing details L1360371891


Company Sale Operatic Society.
6 Oct 97 to 11 Oct 97Garrick Playhouse, Altrincham :: V477
listing details L01036230462

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20 Oct 11Magnum Theatre, Irvine :: V627
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6 Nov 00 to 11 Nov 00Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield :: V972
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10 Mar 99 to 13 Mar 99Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V752
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