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Orpheus In The Underworld

Composer: Jacques Offenbach. Text: Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy

Productions

Théâre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris, 1858
Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1865
Gaîté, 1874
London Coliseum, 1985, ENO

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Théâre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris (as a two-act opéa-bouffe called Orfée aux Enfers)
First performance: 21st October 1858

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Theatre Royal Haymarket
First performance: 26th December 1865 (first performance in English)

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Gaîté
First performance: 7th February 1874

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London Coliseum
First performance: 5th September 1985
English National Opera/ENO.
English Version: Snoo Wilson with David Poutney.
Producer: David Poutney. Designer (sets and costumes): Gerald Scarfe.
Lighting: Nick Chelton. Choreographer: Terry Gilbert.
Choreographer's assistants: Selina Gilbert & Nicola Bowie.
Conductor: Mark Elder (exc. Sept 13, 24, 26), James Holmes (Sept 13, 24, 26)
Chorus masters: Martin Handley, David Drummond.
Music Staff: Murray Hipkin & Philip Knowles. Leader: Raymond Ovens.

CharacterPlayed By
The Olympians
Jupiter father of all the godsRichard Angas
Juno his wifeShelagh Squires
Mercury Jupiter's messengerBonaventurea Bottone
Venus goddess of loveCathryn Pope
Cupid her son, god of loveEirian James
Diana goddess of the huntFiona Kimm
Mars god of warAnthony Cunningham
Doctor MorpheusIvor Morris
The Mortals
Public OpinionSally Burgess
Orpheus a violin teacherStuart Kale
Eurydice his wifeNan Christie
(exc. Sept 24, 26, 28)
Eurydice his wifeDinah Harris
(Sept 24, 26, 28)
The Inhabitants of Hades
Pluto Master of Hades (in Act One disguised as Aristaeus, a shepherd)Emile Belcourt
John Styx the dead King of BeotiaEdward Byles
DancersColin Charles, Michael Joseph, Louis Maingard, Garey Palmer, Raj Rastogi, Randall Scott, Tony Vincent, Anthony Wellington, Catherine Coffey, Eve Dove, Anji Ekaette, Stacey Haynes, Beverly Jones, Maria Koripas, Janet Rollé, Sabra Williams
ChildrenPupils of The Arts Educational School, London
Children's Adviser: Peter Kay.

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