The Malta Independent 16 July 2019, Tuesday

Orpheus in the Underworld at Teatru Manoel

Monday, 26 September 2016, 15:01 Last update: about 4 years ago
Maria Eleonara Schembri plays Eurydice
Maria Eleonara Schembri plays Eurydice

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.


Left: Brock Roberts directs Orpheus in the Underworld. Right: Justin Mamo plays Mercury

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 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 out-of-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 by email [email protected] or tel: 2124 6389.

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