Or­pheus in the Un­der­world at Teatru Ma­noel

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Teatru Ma­noel and Val­letta 2018 Foun­da­tion will be pre­sent­ing a com­pletely new and ex­cit­ing pro­duc­tion of Jac­ques Of­fen­bach’s ‘Or­pheus in the Un­der­world’ at Teatru Ma­noel on Satur­day 8 and Sun­day 9 Oc­to­ber 2017 at 8pm.

The Teatru Ma­noel Youth Opera pro­duc­tion is be­ing di­rected by Brock Roberts, who re­cently di­rected Car­men for Ed­in­burgh Stu­dio Opera and also co-di­rected a Baroque dou­ble bill at Birm­ing­ham Con­ser­va­toire work­ing with Michael Barry on John Blow’s Venus and Ado­nis and Char­p­en­tier’s Ac­téon.

Or­pheus in the Un­der­world is a par­ody of Gluck’s opera Or­pheus ed Eury­dice in which the two fa­mous lovers can­not stand each other. Eury­dice par­tic­u­larly hates her hus­band Or­pheus’ vi­o­lin­play­ing, so she elopes with Pluto to the Un­der­world. Or­pheus be­grudg­ingly sets off to re­trieve his wife, but he is not the only one after Eury­dice. Jupiter has also heard of Pluto’s new ac­qui­si­tion and is cu­ri­ous to see what the fuss is all about. Reimag­ined in the 1980s, this pro­duc­tion prom­ises to be a flashy and comedic op­eretta which will have the au­di­ence in stitches.

Ac­tors will ditch the tra­di­tional white to­gas for glitzy, colour­ful fish­nets, shoul­der pads and denim shorts, paired with outof-this-world groovy hair­styles.

This is def­i­nitely one the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion which is not to be missed and which kicks off the per­for­mance sea­son with a great high.

This pro­duc­tion is suit­able for in­di­vid­u­als over the age of 16. Tick­ets can be booked on­line at www.teatru­ma­noel.com.mt. by email book­ings@teatru­ma­noel.com.mt or tel: 2124 6389.

Maria Eleonara Schem­bri plays Eury­dice Brock Roberts di­rects Or­pheus in the Un­der­world

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