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Operetta: “Orpheus in the Underworld”

Thursday, June 1, 2017 to Sunday, June 4, 2017
Music Center Recital Hall (UCSC)
Presented by: 
Music Department

Professor Bruce Kiesling conducts student singers and the UCSC Orchestra in Jacques Offenbach's hilarious operetta, sung in English. With the original libretto by Ludovic Halévy, the story irreverently parodies the Greek myth of Orpheus and Euridice, turning the original tragedy into a tale of bickering spouses, and features such tunes as "Infernal Galop," recognized today as "The Can-Can." It premiered on October 21, 1858, at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens in Paris.
Costume design by Summer Hall, wig and makeup design by Sophia Smith, sets and lighting by Dave Dunning of Legend Theatrical. Sheila Willey directs Donald Pippin's translation courtesy of San Francisco's Pocket Opera.

Thurs, Jun 1 at 7:30 PM
Fri, Jun 2 at 7:30 PM
Sat, Jun 3 at 7:30 PM
Sun, Jun 4 at 3:00 PM

LISTEN online to the overture to "Orpheus in the Underworld"

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The Recital Hall has 386 fixed seats and offers space for 5 wheelchairs and guests/companions.

Parking $4.