Royal Academy Opera: Orphée aux enfers

Monday, 06.02.2017 19:00, Hackney Empire

Royal Academy Opera

Gareth Hancock conductor
Martin Duncan director
Alex Doidge-Green designer
Steve Elias choreographer 

Eurydice Nika Goric
Diane Lorena Paz Nieto
Venus Marvic Monreal
Cupidon Alexandra Oomens
Minerve Meinir Wyn Roberts
L'opinion Publique Katie Stevenson
Junon Emma Stannard
Orphée Emanuel Heitz
Aristée Wagner Moreira
Mercury Josh Baxter
Jupiter Nicholas Mogg
John Styx Robert Garland
Mars Michael Mofidian
Bacchus Richard Walshe or Patrick Terry (TBC)

‘You can listen to the next generation of classical musicians at the Royal Academy of Music’ (Sunday Times), and now the opera stars of the future return to the legendary Hackney Empire for Jacques Offenbach’s famous ‘opéra bouffe’, Orpheus in the Underworld.

This irreverent satire was unleashed on Parisian audiences in 1858 to a combination of shock and delight: ‘a profanation of holy and glorious antiquity’, ‘a coarse and grotesque parody’, said the critics. Its many memorable set-pieces include the risqué Galop Infernal, better known as the ‘can-can’ – one of the most famous dance tunes of all time. 

This new production is conducted by Gareth Hancock, Director of Royal Academy Opera. The director, Martin Duncan, promises to bring us an entertaining show that is ‘funny, colourful, all-singing and all-dancing’.

Sung in the original French with surtitles. 
Dialogue in English translation. 

‘The Royal Academy of Music's opera can always be looked forward to because it never disappoints… the musical performance is invariably on a high level’ — The Spectator

Tickets £25, £22.50, £20 (concessions £20, £17.50, £15; special £5 tickets for students and under-16s)

Buy tickets now from the Hackney Empire Box Office:, telephone 020 8985 2424

Further performances

Friday 3rd February, 7.00pm
Saturday 4th February 2017, 7.00pm
Sunday 5th February 2017, 4.00pm


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