Book by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy
Mark Russell Smith, conductor
Sung in French with supertitles, dialogues in English.
Thursday, Apr 26 at 7:30 PM
Friday, Apr 27 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 28 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 29 at 1:30 PM
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 Fourth Street S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
About the Opera:
The brilliant German-born musical satirist, Jacques Offenbach, had thirty-three operetta productions behind him when his version of the ‘Orpheus’ legend burst on the scene in Paris at the height of the reign of Emperor Napoleon III. His work was a ‘succes de scandale’ which ran for 228 performances and brought Offenbach fame, fortune, and French citizenship and set all of Paris humming its enchanting tunes. A once outmoded dance, the frenetic ‘Cancan,’ brought down the house each night with its flamboyance and vitality. The operetta’s irreverent parody of Classical mythology, Gluck’s earlier opera, and the foibles and follies of French society during the Second Empire delighted its audiences, who caught all the contemporary references. The young painter, Gustav Dore, designed original costumes with witty allusions to Napoleon III and his court, whose amorous dalliances and intrigues were hot topics in the tabloids of the day. Even without such allusions, the ‘gods’ of the Orpheus legend embody an abundance of human quirks and frailties which has assured the operetta’s popularity for all time!
Pre-opera lobby discussions begin 45 minutes before each performance.
Running time: TBA
$20 advance adults; $25 adults week of performance
$5 students & children
$15 for U of M Faculty, alumni, retirees, and staff.