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Saturday, December 26, 2015 Permalink

At The Opera, Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld, December 26, 2015

  

Orphée aux enfers, whose title translates from the French as Orpheus in the Underworld, is a comic opera. Its score was composed by Jacques Offenbach to a French text written by Ludovic Halévy and later revised by Hector-Jonathan Crémieux. The work, first performed in 1858, is said to be the first classical full-length operetta. Offenbach's earlier operettas were small-scale one-act works, since the law in France did not allow full-length works of certain genres. Orpheus was not only longer, but more musically adventurous than Offenbach's earlier pieces. This also marked the first time that Offenbach used Greek mythology as a background for one of his pieces. The operetta is an irreverent parody and scathing satire on Gluck and his Orfeo ed Euridice and culminates in the risqué Galop infernal ("Infernal Galop") that shocked some in the audience at the premiere.

Orpheus in the Underworld

Euridice – Natalie Dessay

Orphee – Yann Beuron

Orchestra and Chorus of Opera de Lyon

Marc Minkowski – conductor

EMI Records - 1998

 

 

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:09pm
Offenbach: Orphée aux enfers BUY Orchestra and Chorus de Lyon; Marc Minkowski, conductor
10:00pm
10:09pm
Puccini: La Boheme: Che gelida manina BUY from Jussi Bjorling Edition (Studio Recordings, 1930-1959); composed by Puccini
10:13pm
Puccini: Tosca: Recondita armonia BUY from Jussi Bjorling Edition (Studio Recordings, 1930-1959); composed by Puccini
10:16pm
Puccini: TOSCA: E lucevan le stelle BUY from Jussi Bjorling Edition (Studio Recordings, 1930-1959); composed by Puccini
10:19pm
Puccini: La fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda BUY from Jussi Bjorling Edition (Studio Recordings, 1930-1959); composed by Puccini
10:21pm
Ponchelli: La Gioconda: Cielo e mar! BUY from Jussi Bjorling Edition (Studio Recordings, 1930-1959); composed by Ponchelli
10:25pm
Meyerbeer: L'africaine: Mi batte Il cor...O paradiso BUY from Jussi Bjorling Edition (Studio Recordings, 1930-1959); composed by Meyerbeer
10:32pm
Bizet: Les Pecheurs des perles Act 1 - Au fond du temple saint BUY ; Alain Lombard, conductor Gedda / Blanc
EMI Classics CDE5681292
10:37pm
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Act 1- Vogliatemi bene, un bene piccolino BUY n/a; Sir John Barbarolli, conductor Renata Scotto / Calrlo Bergonzi
EMI Classics CDE5681292
10:45pm
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Act III - Sull'aria - Le Nozze di Figaro BUY n/a; n/a, conductor
EMI Classics CDE5681292
10:49pm
Verdi: La Traviata Act I - Un di, felice, eterea BUY Rome Opera House; Tullio Serafin, conductor Victoria De Los Angeles
EMI Classics CDE5681292
10:53pm
Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor Act I - Ah! Verranna a te sull'aure BUY Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Nicola Rescigno , conductor Gruberova/Krauss
EMI Classics CDE5681292
10:57pm
Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Act II - O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe BUY Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert Von Karajan, conductor Jon Vickers / Helga Dernesch
EMI Classics CDE5681292
11:00pm
11:03pm
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Act II - Mir ist die Ehre wilderfahren BUY from The Most Famous Opera Duets; composed by Richard Strauss
EMI Classics CDE5681292
11:14pm
Mascagni: Suzel, boun di... L'amico Fritz BUY Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Armstrong, conductor
11:23pm
Donizetti: Don Pasquale, Atto 2: Tornami a dir BUY from Roberto Alagna & Angela Gheorghiu - Duets & Arias; composed by Donizetti
11:27pm
Puccini: La Boheme, Atto 1: O soave fanciulla BUY from Roberto Alagna & Angela Gheorghiu - Duets & Arias; composed by Puccini
11:33pm
Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci: Vesta La Giubba BUY n/a; Ray Sinatra, conductor Mario Lanza
11:36pm
Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chenier: Un Di, All'azzurro Spazio BUY RCA ; Ray Sinatra, conductor Mario Lanza
11:42pm
Puccini: Turandot: Nessun, Dorma BUY from Mario Lanza ~ Opera Arias & Duets, from AndrΘa Chenier ╖ La BohΦme ╖ I Pagliacci ╖ Madama Butterfly ╖ Otello; composed by Puccini
11:45pm
Delibes: Lakme Duet - Viens, Mallika BUY Paris Opera; Alain Lombard, conductor Mesple/Millet
EMI Classics CDE5681292
11:49pm
Verdi: Il Trovatore Act IV - Miserere...Quel suon, quelle preci BUY Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Herbert von Karajan, conductor Leontyne Price / Franco Bonisolli
EMI Classics CDE5681292
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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