Public Opinion keeps a close eye on him, to keep him from cheating, but Jupiter throws a lightning bolt, making him jump and look back, and so all ends happily, with a reprise of the Galop.
Throughout, Marc Minkowski provides thoughtful and lively direction, altogether sprightlier than Plasson in The next year he added a ballet. Perhaps the audience that relished their frenzied waltzes and infernal sarabandes is no longer with us, frozen in the extravagant burlesque of the Second Empire.
The usual solution in the theatre is thus to add selected numbers from the version to the text, and this is what was done for the performances at Geneva, Lyons and Grenoble that formed the basis of this recording.
He wrote two other versions.
Her gaoler, a dull-witted tippler by the name of John Styx, is not helping, particularly his habit of telling, at the slightest provocation, all about how he was King of Boeotia a region of Greece that Aristophanes used as a source of rural rubes until he died. He is relieved when a snake bite spirits her off to the underworld, but Public Opinion forces him to pursue her.
However, she has her work cut out for her: Afterwards, he reveals himself to her, and promises to help her, largely because he wants her for himself. More absurd twists ensue, such as the rebellion of the gods on Mount Olympus, the rivalry of Jupiter and Pluto for Eurydice, the pursuit of Eurydice by a Lethe-addled John Styx, and two Bacchanales in the Underworld, both to the tune of the "infernal gallop," popularly known as the can-can.
Since this latter demands huge forces, it is scarcely viable on stage today. Dessay is splendid as the spoiled and willful Eurydice, always ready to strain her voice for comic effect. The plot alone skewers classical themes.
Even the recitatives — and there are many — breeze by, aided by snatches of indignation, accusation, and general over-the-top acting. Olympus The scene changes to Olympus, where the Gods sleep out of boredom "Dormons, dormons". Things liven up, though, as the most famous number in the operetta, the Galop Infernal best known as the music of the can-can starts, and everyone throws himself into it with wild abandon "Ce bal est original".
Her exchanges in the First Act with her despised violinist husband the admirable Yann Beuron are superbly done.
Ultimately those doubts are banished by the positive virtues. Pluto then arrives, and reveals to the other gods the pleasures of Hell, leading them to revolt against horrid ambrosia, hideous nectar, and the sheer boredom of Olympus "Aux armes, dieux et demi-dieux!
Nor are things helped by what sounds like a major editing blip 54 seconds into track 26 of the first disc. Things look a bit more interesting for them when Diane Diana returns and begins gossiping about Actaeonher current love "Quand Diane descend dans la plaine".
However, Jupiter, shocked at the behaviour of the supposedly virgin goddess, has turned Actaeon into a stag. What matters most, though, is the quality of performance, and the pleasures of this newcomer are formidable.
Home listeners may prefer to make their own selections of numbers, and musicologically questionable decisions such as the rescoring of pieces for orchestral resources become more exposed. What makes artistic and economic sense for evenings in the theatre, of course, may be less appropriate for repeated home use.
John Styx sings a tasty aria about once being king of Boeotia. Whereas Leibowitz used the lightly scored original version in two acts and four scenes, Plasson opted for the spectacular version with lots of extra songs and ballet numbers. Since Pluton was originally played by a famous female impersonator, this song contains numerous falsetto notes.Dessay is splendid as the spoiled and willful Eurydice, always ready to strain her voice for comic effect.
When Orpheus complains to the gods of his stolen Eurydice, he sings a tender quote from Gluck's "J'ai perdu mon Eurydice," which Diana, Cupid, and Venus promptly mock with croaky voices. Jacques Offenbach, Marc Minkowski, Natalie Dessay, Yann Beuron - Offenbach: Orphee aux Enfers - billsimas.com Music/5(2).
Jan 20, · Mix - Natalie Dessay - Fly Duet - English Subs - Orphée aux Enfers YouTube Dessay/Beuron - Duet Orphée/Eurydice - English Subs - Orphée aux Enfers - Duration: thecelticspirit 35, views. Home Orphée aux enfers (Jacques Offenbach) Orphée aux enfers (Jacques Offenbach) SOLOISTS.
Orphée – Dominic Bevan Eurydice – Aurélia Jonvaux Pluton – Jean-Pascal Heynemand Jupiter – Nicholas Merryweather Juno – Sylvie Gallant Vénus – Nadège Meden Mars – Antoine Salmon.
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