Salzburg Festival 2019: Orphée aux enfers


Accustomed to success, shortly before his 40th birthday Jacques Offenbach had run into financial turbulence with his theatre near the Champs-Élysées in 1858. His revision and setting of a libretto about Orpheus by Ludovic Halévy and Hector Crémieux brought the much-needed coup: with Orphée aux enfers, he created the prototype of the “Offenbachiade” – and saved his theatre from ruin. The version Barrie Kosky has created for Salzburg essentially keeps to the form of the two-act opéra-bouffon of 1858, with the addition of some elements from the 1874 version which Offenbach had inserted in reaction to the change in social circumstances. Barrie Kosky makes his Salzburg Festival debut with Orphée aux enfers, as does the conductor Enrique Mazzola. In addition to the Vocalconsort Berlin and the Vienna Philharmonic, Kathryn Lewek sings the role of Eurydice and Joel Prieto that of Orphée. The cast also includes Marcel Beekman, Martin Winkler, Max Hopp and Anne Sofie von Otter.

Additional Info

  • No: A04050113
  • Composer: Jacques Offenbach
  • Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker, Vocalconsort Berlin
  • Artists: Kathryn Lewek, Joel Prieto, Anne-Sofie von Otter, Marcel Beekman, Max Hopp, Martin Winkler
  • Production year: 2019
  • Run time: 02:20:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Barrie Kosky
  • Producers: Unitel
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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