Orpheus in the Underworld – 2009 Season

Jacques Offenbach


Operetta in two acts

Text by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy

English version by Jeremy Sams

Sung in English

Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

First performed 21 October 1858, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens (Salle Choiseul), Paris With the City of London Sinfonia and Opera Holland Park Chorus

New production (first ever by Opera Holland Park)

Opera Holland Park, Holland Park, London


2009 Performances on June 30, July 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12


Conductor John Owen Edwards

Director Tom Hawkes

Designer Peter Rice

Lighting Designer Colin Grenfell

Choreographer Jenny Weston

Costume Supervisor Chrissy Maddison

Répétiteur Charles Kilpatrick

Chorus Master Matthew Waldren

Chorus Répétiteur David Smith

Stage Manager Alex Hale

Deputy Stage Manager Eleanor Pappworth

Assistant Stage Manager Kerry Sullivan


Cast in order of appearance

Public Opinion Nuala Willis

Eurydice Jeni Bern

Orpheus Benjamin Segal

Aristaeus/Pluto, ruler of the Underworld Daniel Broad

Morpheus, God of Sleep Benjamin Newhouse-Smith

Cupid, Son of Venus Jane Harrington

Venus, Goddess of Love Verity Parker

Mars, God of War Maciek O’Shea

Jupiter, King of the Gods Ian Caddy

Juno, his wife Jill Pert

Diana, Goddess of the Hunt Nicola Stonehouse

Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom Louise Crane

Mercury, Messenger of the Gods Oliver White

John Styx, ex-King of the Beotians John Lofthouse

Bacchus, God of Wine Ste Clough