Orphée aux enfers

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Conductor : 
Cyril Englebert
Director : 
Claire Servais
Choirmaster : 
Pierre Iodice
Artist : 
Papuna Tchuradze, Jodie Devos , Alexise Yerna, Pierre Doyen, Thomas Morris, Natacha Kowalski, Julie Bailly, Sarah Defrise, Frédéric Longbois, André Gass, Laura Balidemaj, Alexia Saffery, Yvette Wéris, Sylviane Binamé, Chantal Glaude, Palmina Grottola, Pierre Gathier
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Tue, 20/12/2016 to Sat, 31/12/2016

Last performance at the Opera : Décembre 2006.

Imagine Greek mythology gone mad. Orpheus and Eurydice form a disunited couple, keen for new love affairs. Imagine Orpheus imploring Jupiter to rid him of his belle. Imagine as well Public Opinion, the guardian of morality, observing that the gods are affected by a nameless amorality... Welcome to the world of Offenbach!


The first great comic opera by Offenbach, Orphée aux enfers sets up a rather unflattering moment of an ancient society in full decay where men and gods have forgotten the most fundamental moral laws. A severe and highly humorous portrait of the loose morals of the Second Empire, the piece was a huge success right from its premiere in 1858 and ranks among the masterpieces of the genre. The absolutely unforgettable show allies rousing arias, the famous Galop infernal, the French Cancan, and hilarious lines. Jacques Offenbach became popular very quickly and was nicknamed the “Mozart of the Champs-Élysées”.

The casting places home-grown talents at the forefront. Besides the extraordinary Jodie Devos, who triumphed as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini last season and who will take on the role of Eurydice, we will be delighted to encounter Natacha Kowalski, Julie Bailly, Alexise Yerna and the very young soprano Sarah Defrise, who was a dazzling Clorinda in La Cenerentola in 2014. A superb Liégeois tenor, Papuna Tchuradze, will reprise the role of Orpheus. The whole thing, wrapped up by the production of Claire Servais and the musical direction of Cyril Englebert, promises real fireworks to close the year in a good mood!


All opera performances are preceded by an introduction to the show that is open to all. The appointment is set 30 minutes before the performance in the company of a lecturer for a presentation that is pertinent to the work.


This show will be played on the 7th of January 2017
at the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Charleroi.