19th May – 22nd June.
Opera Zuid presents Offenbach’s dazzling comedy Orphée aux Enfers
Opera Zuid is touring the country from 19th May to 22nd June with Orphée aux Enfers . Benjamin Prins directs Jacques Offenbach’s dazzling, comic opera starring Amel Brahim-Djelloul (photo), Mark Omvlee and Francis van Broekhuizen, among others. Enrico Delamboye is the musical director. The premiere is Sunday, 21st May in Parktheater Eindhoven.
Shameless, hilarious and a little cheeky. In the comic opera Orphée aux Enfers , Jacques Offenbach gives a twist to the classical myth. Eurydice hates the music of Orpheus, has had enough of her civil life and therefore travels to the underworld with her lover Pluto. The gods, bored with their rich and powerful lives, decide to follow Eurydice. Their appearance in the underworld leads to an extravagant and liberating celebration culminating in the Galop infernal , or cancan.
After the success of Fantasio (2019), Benjamin Prins is once again directing an opera by Offenbach at Opera Zuid. Orphée aux Enfers is a parody of antiquity and shows the conflict between hell and paradise. Prins: “There is no good without evil, no responsibility without fun. That is what Offenbach wants to show us.” The magic of the gods blends seamlessly with Offenbach’s effervescent music. “The music is as fragile as a soap bubble and extremely extravagant.”
Offenbach’s famous opera pokes fun at both mythology and humanity, featuring enamored mortals, gods in disguise and lively melodies. With Prins, the story not only takes place in ancient times, but also responds to current events. “I’m going to play ping pong with timelines. With a trip to the 18th century, a nod to politicians from the 21st century and so we return to the Athenian Acropolis in ancient times.”
ORPHEE AUX ENFERS
Eurydice Amel Brahim-Djelloul, Jupiter Roger Smeets, Pluton Mark Omvlee, Junon Francis van Broekhuizen, Orphée Mathys Lagier, Bacchus/opinion publique Thomas Morris, Minerve Anna Emelianova, Vénus Marina Ruiz, Cupidon Sophie Collin, Apollon Tom Jansen, John Styx Olivier Hernandez .
Director Benjamin Prins, musical director Enrico Delamboye , choreography Willy Laury, set design Marloes en Wikke, costume design Marrit van der Burgt, light design Peter van Praet, orchestra South Netherlands Philharmonic, choir Theater Choir Opera South. Performed in French with Dutch and English surtitles.
Fri 19 & Sun 21 May : Parktheater Eindhoven, Tue 23 May : Schouwburg Tilburg, Thu 25 May : Theater a/h Vrijthof, Maastricht, Sat 27 May : De Maaspoort, Venlo, Tue 30 May : Amare, The Hague, Thu 1 June : Chassé Theater, Breda, Tue June 6 : Flint, Amersfoort, Thu June 8 : Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen, Sat June 10 : Toon Hermans Theater, Sittard, Tue June 13 : Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Thu June 15 : Openluchttheater Valkenburg, Sat 17 June : Open Air Theater Cabrio Soest, Thu 22 June : Opera on the Parade, Den Bosch