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109. ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS


Comic Opera in Three Acts and Nine Scenes


Music: By Jacques Offenbach (originally produced 1858 in two acts and four tableaux; revised production of 1874 included more dance scenes with new music). Libretto by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy.

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Produced by Les Frères Isola. Directed by Max Dearly. Scenery by Durand and Émile Bertin. Costumes by Carre Aumont and Abel.

Premiere: December 24, 1931, Théâtre Mogador, Paris. Danced by Les Ballets Russes de Georges Balanchine. Conductor: M. Diot.

Cast: Jupiter, Max Dearly; Aristaeus-Pluto, Lucien Muratore; Eurydice, Marise Beaujon; Diana, Jeanne Saint-Bonnet; Public Opinion, Rose Carday; Orpheus, Adrien Lamy; Mercury, Maurice Porterat; Mars, Jose Dupuis (fils); Cupid, Monette Diney; Venus, Raymonde Allain; Juno, Alice Soulie; Morpheus, Lucien Brouet; John Styx, Felix Oudart; Première Danseuse (and Aurora), Felia Doubrovska; Premier Danseur, Anatole Vilzak; The Twelve Small Virtuosi (child violinists); and others. Corps de ballet: 24 women, 4 men.

DIVERTISSEMENT PASTORALE (Act I) : Corps de ballet.
DIVERTISSEMENT DES SONGES ET DES HEURES (Act II): Felia Doubrovska, corps de ballet.
GRAND BALLET DES NYMPHES (Act II): Doubrovska, Anatole Vilzak, Irina Baronova, Tatiana Semanova, Irène Lucezarska.
DIVERTISSEMENT DES MOUCHES (Act III) : Corps de ballet.
CHÅ’UR INFERNAL (Act III, chorus and dance): Vilzak.
BACCHANALE (Act III): Doubrovska, Vilzak.

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