A giddy dash into the inferno

Or­pheus in the Un­der­world

Jacques Offenbac
Bored by her passionless marriage to the drab musician Orpheus, Eurydice prefers to amuse herself with Pluto, the lord of the underworld, and—quite unlike her mythological model—is more than happy to let herself be carried off to the realm of the dead. When Jupiter, the king of the gods, also learns of the beautiful mortal, a jocular competition for Eurydice’s favour ensues.
Act one – Scene 1

This is not how Orpheus and Eurydice imagined married life. Instead of gratifying reverence for his musical genius, Orpheus has to endure a violent denunciation of his »fiddle-playing« from his wife, for whom the sparkle of life at the side of a great artist has fizzled out into humdrum cohabitation with a vain teacher of the violin.
Comic opera in two acts and four scenes [1858/1874]
Libretto by Ludovic Halévy and Hector Crémieu
Part of the repertoire since 7 December 2021
A co-production with the Salzburg Festival and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Recommended from grade 9
2 hr 45 min incl. intermission
Due to a strike call by ver.di, there will be changes to performances at the Komische Oper Berlin on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.

The performance of Orpheus in the Underworld will take place concertante at the Komische Oper Berlin, starting as planned at 7 pm. The singers, choral soloists and orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin will be performing a very special version on stage. We are very pleased that we can still make it possible for you to attend the performance and would be delighted to welcome you to our house on this evening despite the modified version.

Information on tickets already purchased can be found here.
With Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Barrie Kosky has definitely succeeded in creating a new audience favourite.
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