Orphée aux enfers (Offenbach, Jacques)

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Parts

Complete: 2-Act Version (1858)

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Publisher. Info. Manuscript, 1862*
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Complete: 2-Act Version (1858)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Heugel et Cie., n.d.[1858]. Plate H.2372.
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Complete: 4-Act Version (1874)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Heugel, n.d.[1874]. Plate H.4425.
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Selections: 2-Act Version (1858)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Heugel et Cie., n.d.[1858]. Plates H.2365, 2366(1), 2368(1), 2393.
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7 more: No.2, Duo du concerto avec solo du violon: "Ah! c'est ainsi!" (Act I, No.2) • No.4, Évocation à la mort: "La mort m'appararait souriante" (Act I, No.4) • No.5, Duettino de l'honneur et de l'amour: "Viens!" (Act I, No.5b) • No.6, Couplets de Cupidon et de Vénus: "Je suis Cupidon!" (Act I, No.6b) • No.7, Ronde de Diane et Actéon: "Quand Diane descends dans la plaine" (Act I, No.6d) • No.9, Couplets à Jupin: "Pour séduire Alcmène la fière" (Act I, No.8) • No.12, Duo de la mouche: "Il m'a semblé sur mon épaule" (Act II, No.12)

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9 more: No.7bis, Valse des petites violonistes: "Ah! ces adieux" (Act I, No.7d) • No.12, Rondo-saltarelle de Mercure: "Eh! hop, eh! hop" (Act II, No.12) • No.13, Air en prose de Pluton: "Ah! avec quelle volupté" (Act II, No.13) • No.18, Couplets des regrets: "Ah! quelle triste destinée" (Act III, No.18) • No.19bis, Couplets: "Quand j'étais roi de Béotie" (Act III, No.19), G major • No.21, Ronde des policemen: "Nez au vent, œil au guet" (Act III, No.21) • No.22, Couplets des baisers: "Pour attirer du fond de sa retraîte" (Act III, No.22) • No.23, Ronde enfantine: "Le beau bourdon" (Act III, No.23) • No.27, Hymne à Bacchus: "J'ai vu le Dieu Bacchus" (Act IV, No.27)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Heugel et Cie., n.d.[1874]. Plates H.2366, 2369, 4429-35, 4437.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Complete: 2-Act Version (1858)

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Menuet (Act II, No.15a)

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For Horn, Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba (Beardwood)

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For Piano (Novegno)

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General Information

Work Title Orphée aux enfers
Alternative. Title Opéra bouffe en deux actes ; Opéra féerie en quatre actes
Name Translations 天国与地狱序曲; 天國與地獄序曲; Orfeusz w piekle; Orphée aux Enfers; 천국과 지옥; Орфей в аду; Orfeo en los infiernos; Orpheus in the Underworld; Orfeu în infern; Orfeo all'inferno; Orpheus in der Unterwelt; 地獄のオルフェ; Orfeus i underjorden; Օրփեոսը դժոխքում; Орфей у пеклі; Orfeus v podsvětí; 地狱中的奥菲欧; Orfeus i underverden; Orfeus i underverdenen; Орфей в Ада; اورفئوس در برزخ; اورفيوس فى العالم السفلى; Orfeusz az alvilágban; Ο Ορφέας στον Άδη
Name Aliases Orphee aux Enfers; 지옥의 오르페우스; 지옥의 오르페; Orfeu als inferns; Orfeo nos infernos; 地獄のオルフェウス; 天国と地獄; Orphee aux enfers; 地獄中的奧菲歐
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 177643089; LCCN: n81148980; GND: 300115598; SELIBR: 172105; BNF: 13916735c
Composer Offenbach, Jacques
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJO 60
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 acts ; rev. 4 acts
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1858, rev. 1874
First Performance. 1858/10/21
Paris, Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens (Opéra bouffe version)

1874/02/07

Paris, Théâtre de la Gaîté (Opéra féerie version)
First Publication. 1858
Librettist Hector-Jonathan Crémieux (1828-1892)
Ludovic Halévy (1834-1908)
Language French
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, mixed chorus, orchestra
InstrDetail
Cast
Pluton, god of the underworld, disguised as Aristée, a shepherd (tenor)
Jupiter, king of the gods (low tenor–high baritone)
Orphée, a musician (tenor)
John Styx, servant of Pluton, formerly king of Boeotia (tenor or baritone)
Mercure, messenger of the gods (tenor)
Bacchus, god of wine (spoken)
Mars, god of war (bass)
Eurydice, wife of Orphée (soprano)
Diane, goddess of chastity (soprano)
L'Opinion publiqu (mezzo-soprano)
Junon, wife of Jupiter (soprano or mezzo)
Vénus, goddess of beauty (soprano)
Cupidon, god of love (soprano en travesti)
Minerve, goddess of wisdom (soprano)
Morphée, god of sleep (tenor)
Cybèle, goddess of nature (soprano)
Pomone, goddess of fruits (soprano)
Flore, goddess of flowers (soprano)
Cérès, goddess of agriculture (soprano)
Amour (mezzo-soprano)
Cerbère, three-headed guardian of the underworld (barked)
Minos (baritone/tenor)
Éaque (tenor)
Rhadamante (bass)

Chorus

Gods, goddesses, muses, shepherds, shepherdesses, lictors and spirits in the underworld

Orchestra

  • 1858 version
2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon
2 horns, 2 cornets, trombone
timpani, bass drum/cymbals, triangle, strings
Related Works Pieces based on 'Orphée aux enfers'
Overture to Offenbach's opera 'Orphée aux Enfers' by Carl Binder
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