Orpheé aux enfers

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Orpheus in the Underworld is Jacques Offenbach's wacky take on the Orpheus myth. Written in 1858, he turns the tragedy into a comedy, and along the way skewers nearly everything about the Paris musical scene he found annoying. The libretto, regardless of how freely it may be translated from the French, is a scandal, and the music...well, imagine Rossini crashing into Gilbert and Sullivan.

Tacoma Opera puts on a big show on a small budget, and they make the long drive to the City of Destiny worthwhile.