Hugo Thomassen

Orphée aux Enfers

Opera Zuid
try out en première
Fri 19 May ’23 - Sun 21 May ’23
Comic opera by Jacques Offenbach
Fri 19 May ’23
Sun 21 May ’23

Orphée aux Enfers is a comic opera by master satirist Jacques Offenbach. It is a parody of antiquity and shows the conflict between hell and paradise.

This opera puts a twist on the classical myth. Euridice hates Orfeo's music, rejects her bourgeois life, and travels with her lover Pluto to the underworld. The gods, bored with their lives, decide to follow her. A frenzied and liberating party breaks loose there. Offenbach's vibrant music is vulnerable like a bubble and at the same time extremely extravagant. 

  • Performed in French with Dutch and English surtitles