By Sam Hall
Fairfax, VA, October 4, 2015 – I was expecting to be entertained by the Virginia Opera’s rendition of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, directed by Sam Helfrich, which played at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts last night, but I wasn’t expecting to be delighted. I was.
By David Siegel
VA, October 1-7, 2015 – Have no fears of flying off into Offenbach’s delicious musical parody of the legend of Orpheus pursuing his wife Eurydice into the Underworld. Be swept away with light, sparkling opera music and terrific voices as well as some naughty mythological Greek gods and a bored married couple. All sung in English with plenty of contemporary touches in this battle of wits and the sexes.
By Paul A. Sayegh Virginian-Pilot correspondent
Norfolk, VA, September 30, 2015 – Virginia Opera kicked off its season in high style with French composer Jacques Offenbach’s rowdy 1858 operetta “Orpheus in the Underworld,” given in an English translation by Jeremy Sams.