ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD
A fresh and exciting production of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld will be presented by Teatru Manoel and Valletta 2018 Foundation on the 8th and 9th October at 8pm.
The Teatru Manoel Youth Opera production is being directed by Brock Roberts, who recently directed Carmen for the Edinburgh Studio Opera, and also co-directed a Baroque double bill at the Birmingham Conservatoire 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’ violin-playing, so she elopes with Pluto to the Underworld. Orpheus begrudgingly sets off to retrieve his wife, but he’s 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.
Image: Brock Roberts directs Orpheus in the Underworld, Maria Eleonara Schembri plays Eurydice, while Justin Mamo plays Mercury
Actors will ditch the traditional white togas for glitzy, colourful fishnets, shoulder pads and denim shorts, paired with out-of-this-world groovy hairstyles. The cast includes Maria Eleonora Schembri, Joseph Zammit, Miguel Rosales, Althea Troisi de Menville, Sean Borg, Cathy Lawlor, Christine Barbara, Karl Cassar, Danielle Ciantar, James Agius, Justin Mamo and Maria Elena Pawley.
This is one theatrical production that is definitely not to be missed, and which will be kicking off the performance season with a great high.
This production is suitable for individuals over the age of 16. Tickets can be booked here.