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August 21, 2009
"Orpheus in the Underworld" comes to Curtis Park


When Jacques Offenbach's set out to write the full length operatta "Orpheus in the Underworld" he likely never figured that the risque galop music he wrote for it would become the most recognizable aspect of his work.

Today that music is called the Can-can. And it's too bad that, for most, the exploration of Offenbach ends there.

But, a deeper exploration into Offenbach, and "Orpheus" in particular, reveals a brilliant parody and cutting satire. And with these he aimed squarely at Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice".

Audiences will get a chance to experience Offenbach's great wit when the Village Opera Theater performs the work at the 24th Street Theater in Sacramento's Curtis Park next weekend.

This production of "Orpheus" includes Jonathan Hansen as Orpheus and Sara Haugland as Calliope. Pianist Roy Sanchez will accompany in this production which is directed by Jennifer Estabrook.

"Orpheus in the Underworld"
WHEN: 8 p.m. Aug 27, 28 and 29 ; 3:00 pm matinee Aug. 29
WHERE: 24th Street Theater, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento
TICKETS: $15.00; $12.00 senior and children under 12.
INFORMATION: (916) 731- 4506

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