Orpheus in the Underworld
We all know the story of Orpheus, a husband who lost his wife and went to the underworld to find her. That’s Orpheus. Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld isn’t quite the same story. A comic opera, Orpheus in the Underworld satirizes the Greek drama, state censorship, the flimsiness of marital bonds and the lust of Olympian gods for mortal flesh. In Underworld, Orpheus, the god of music, loses his wayward wife, Eurydice, to Pluto, the keeper of hell. Here Orpheus is in love with Chloe, a young shepherdess, and couldn’t care less. But Pluto has made Hell such madcap fun that the Olympian gods are all clamoring to leave heaven to join in the revelry. The Franco-American Vocal Academy presents the comedic opera with a cast of emerging talented young singers. The performance is sung in French with English dialogue.
8:30 p.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 281-373-3386 or visit favaopera.org. Free.
Sun., June 8, 8:30 p.m., 2014
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