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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

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


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