Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld

New Year’s Concert – NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra / NDR Vokalensemble / Soloists / Marc Minkowski

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Marc Minkowski
Marc Minkowski © Franck Ferville / Agence VU
NDR Vokalensemble
NDR Vokalensemble © Marius Engels / NDR
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra © Nikolaj Lund

A masterpiece of light entertainment

Even if rockets are shooting into the sky outside, the biggest fireworks display on New Year’s Eve doesn’t take place in front of the Elbphilharmonie, but inside. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Choir offer a programme of light music to see the old year out and the new one in. After the witty and sparkling performances of »Die Fledermaus« and »My Fair Lady« in the previous years, tonight’s concert features another operetta masterpiece, Offenbach’s »Orphée aux enfers«.

Jacques Offenbach’s satire of the Greek Orpheus legend was premiered in Paris in 1858, and soon took the world’s theatres by storm. No wonder: the story of the unhappy marriage of the singer-songwriter of the ancient world and his beloved Eurydice is not only hilarious – with numbers like the legendary »can-can of hell« it also contains some of the catchiest tunes in music history.

To this day, »Orpheus in the Underworld« remains one of the biggest stage hits of all time. In the Elbphilharmonie, Offenbach’s delightful score can be heard on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, with the French conductor Marc Minkowski leading the NDR ensembles and first-class soloists through three exhilarating evenings.


NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

NDR Vokalensemble

Marc Mauillon Orphée

Tamara Bounazou Eurydice

Aude Extrémo Opinion Publique

Éric Huchet Aristée / Pluton

Alexandre Duhamel Jupiter

Adriana Bignagni Lesca Juno

Alix Le Saux Venus

Olivia Doray Diane

Louise Pingeot Minerve

Sahy Ratia Mercure

Manon Lamaison Cupido

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke John Styx

Christoph Liebold Mars

conductor Marc Minkowski

Romain Gilbert scenic installation and lighting


Jacques Offenbach
Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) / opera in two acts

Semi-staged performance in French with German surtitles

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Opera in Concert

Promoter: HamburgMusik / NDR

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Catchy tunes to start the New Year in good spirits: the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and a cast of top singers present Jacques Offenbach’s »Orpheus in the Underworld«.

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