Full Production Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew

Stage director
Lighting designer
Costume designer
Set designer
Assistance Conductor
Orphée (Orpheus)
Aristée/Pluton (Aristaeus / Pluto)
L'Opinion Publique (Public Opinion)
Mercure (Mercury)
Minerve (Minerva)


About the work

In Klaipėda City Theater since the 18th century. at the end sounded opera. This genre came to the seaside thanks to German culture and the famous music professionals who worked here. The Klaipėda State Musical Theater will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the origins of musical theater in the port city with Jacques Offenbach's operetta "Orpheus in Hell". It was this operetta, first performed in Paris in 1858, that established and popularized the famous dance - cancana. In the nineteenth century, Paris was a glowing center of the world of entertainment, and the composer J. Offenbach enjoyed breaking the established traditions of "serious opera". In his operetta "Orpheus in Hell" we see an ironic version of an ancient myth about Orpheus and Eurydice, parodying the reality of family life. Plot Living together, Eurydice and Orpheus got tired of each other. Eurydice feels abandoned, she is annoyed by her husband’s passion for music. Orpheus, in turn, is offended by his wife’s indifference to his talent. The cold relationship makes the spouses look for another company: Orpheus assists the nymphs Chloe, Eurydice establishes a love affair with his neighbor, the beekeeper Aristė. But Aristotle is indeed the god Pluto, who intends to kidnap Eurydice and take her to hell. When Eurydice decides to leave with Aristotle, Orpheus reacts calmly. However, those around him do not understand his indifference: his wife’s escape will inevitably affect Orpheus ’reputation as a prominent artist and violin professor. So Orpheus travels to Mount Olympus to ask the god Jupiter for help. Jupiter has its own worries: his jealous wife, Junona, thinks Eurydice and Jupiter have a secret love affair. The ruler of Olympus decides to help Orpheus liberate Eurydice, but not to bring her back to her husband, but to be able to enjoy her beauty herself. Closed in hell, Eurydice is bored: after opening to the god Pluto, Aristotle stopped taking an interest in her. Eurydice is fascinated by a golden-winged insect flying to her through a keyhole. The god Jupiter turned to him, promising to make Eurydice happy. Pluto holds a feast for the gods of Olympus who came to hell. Inspired by his success as a seducer, Jupiter also appears in it. Orpheus asks for his permission to marry his wife. Jupiter agrees, but in the presence of other gods he makes a condition: while traveling from hell, Orpheus will not be able to look back and look at Eurydice. As the couple approaches the River Sticks, Jupiter releases lightning: Orpheus turns back in fright and thus loses Eurydice. Jupiter commands Eurydice to serve the wine god Bakch.
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