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Orpheus in the Underworld: Komische Oper Berlin

About the Event

Experience classical music like never before in this astonishing performance of Offenbach's masterwork at Berlin's remarkable Komische Oper Berlin.

Jacques Offenbach
Opéra‐buffon in two acts and four pictures [1858/1874].
Libretto by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy

Co‐production with the Salzburg Festival and the
the Deutsche Oper am Rhein

Shameless, funny and frivolous! In Barrie Kosky's frenetically acclaimed production at the 2019 Salzburg Festival — the first Offenbach operetta ever in the almost 100‐year history of the festival — plump travesties of myth meet a top‐class ensemble with a joy of playing. Led by the inimitable Max Hopp as John Styx, who lends his speaking voice to every character on stage, Sydney Mancasola as Eurydice, Wolfgang Ablinger‐Sperrhacke as Pluto and Peter Bording as Jupiter, among others, dive into a brightly coloured, tomboyish, hellish underworld.

Cast / Production

Musical direction: Matthew Toogood
Production: Barrie Kosky
Choreography: Otto Pichler
Stage design: Rufus Didwiszus
Costumes: Victoria Behr
Dramaturgy: Susanna Goldberg
Choirs: Jean‐Christophe Charron
Lighting: Franck Evin

Orpheus: Tansel Akzeybek
Eurydice: Bryony Dwyer
John Styx: Max Hopp
Public Opinion: Hagen Matzeit
Pluto: Ivan Turšić
Jupiter: Peter Bording
Juno: Karolina Gumos
Venus: Mirka Wagner
Diana: Alma Sadé
Cupido: Susan Zarrabi
Mercury: Peter Renz
Mars: Tim Dietrich
Dancers: Michael Fernandez, Liam Michael Scullion, Benjamin Gericke, Lorenzo Soragni, Kai Chun Chuang, Daniel Daniela Ojeda Yrureta, Kai Braithwaite, Alessandra Bizzarri, Claudia Greco, Lauren Mayer, Martina Borroni, Brittany Young
Choral soloists and extras from the Komische Oper Berlin, performed by the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin.

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