Offenbach’s starting point is »slightly« different than that of the myth: Eurydice, the central figure, hates the music personified by her spouse. And Orpheus himself is nothing more than a music teacher of minor importance from Thebes; Aristaeus, the divine seducer, is playing a honey trader, and Jupiter, the »father of the gods«, is a horny goat, constantly on the prowl. The mysterious John Styx tells the story of the petty-bourgeois Orpheus and his annoyed Eurydice, of goddesses and gods in search of diversion, weary of everyday life on Olympus. Burning with curiosity about the beautiful abductee and the contest between Jupiter and Pluto for the favour of Eurydice, the illustrious company embarks on a hellish ride into the underworld, culminating in what is probably the most famous cancan in music history. And Eurydice? She wreaks havoc on everyone in the end.