Opera – Scottish Opera in "Orpheus in the Underworld",
Wick High School, Tuesday, 20th Sept. 7.30pm
A Co-production with Northern Ireland Opera
A new production with a translation by Rory Bremner
Offenbach's irreverent romp features some of the funniest dialogue and daftest situations in French opera. Originally written to satirize the government of Napoleon III's France, here the action is updated to the present day, as director Oliver Mears (Artistic Director of Northern Ireland Opera) draws gleeful parallels with our media-savvy, celebrity-obsessed world.
Eurydice is married to Orpheus, a musician who, in her opinion, plays the violin badly. Fed up with her husband, she falls for the randy and devious Pluto and is soon caught up in a somewhat hellish situation. Meanwhile, bored to tears and spying an interesting situation unfolding, Public Opinion muscles in to ‘help' Orpheus rescue his wife. But does she want to be rescued?
Offenbach's catchy tunes and wicked sense of humour take the characters from one ridiculous situation to another, all culminating in his riotous ‘Cancan'. With a specially-commissioned translation by comedian and political satirist Rory Bremner, this promises to be a fast-moving evening of wit, mayhem and madness.
Tickets for the Wick performance on Tuesday, 20th September from D.R. Simpson, Wick and McBeath, Jeweller, Thurso
Also touring to Northern Ireland from 27 October to 4 November –
see niopera.com for more details.
Dates added at London's Young Vic