Behind the scenes of ‘the Underworld’

30th January 2012: A cast of sixty performers, supported by the full DIT orchestra, will present Offenbach’s irreverent Orpheus in the Underworld for four nights from 01 February in Gleeson Theatre, Kevin Street. 

Presented by the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, the production is set in the 1970’s and is a riotous interpretation of the shenanigans of Eurydice, Orpheus, Pluto and Jupiter.  According to Director, Jennifer Hamilton,  rehearsals have been intensive with everyone giving their full commitment, including getting involved in set-building and costumes as well as in the performance.  “This is a great piece for our students to perform – it’s fun but it’s also very challenging and is part of the repertoire of all the major international opera companies.  Our cast is drawn from our undergraduate and postgraduate students - some of them have already performed with the Wexford Festival Opera, the Opera Theatre Company and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.”

The story of Orpheus is quite well known, but this production is in an English translation that was originally commissioned by ENO -  the English National Opera.  According to Hamilton, “The translation is by Snoo Wilson – it’s fun and irreverent, but not rude like the Rory Bremner version!”

For a reminder of the plot and a flavour of the production, click on the video above.

Tickets available at the door – performance starts each night at 7.30pm from Wednesday 01 February – Saturday 04 February.

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