|Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy|
|21 October 1858, Paris (Bouffes Parisiens)|
|Orphée aux enfers Synopsis|
|Orphée aux enfers Libretto|
Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) is an opéra bouffon (a form of operetta), or opéra féerie in its revised version, by Jacques Offenbach. The French text was written by Ludovic Halévy and later revised by Hector-Jonathan Crémieux.
The work, first performed in 1858, is said to be the first classical full-length operetta. Offenbach's earlier operettas were small-scale one-act works, since the law in France did not allow certain genres of full-length works. Orpheus was not only longer, but more musically adventurous than Offenbach's earlier pieces.
|John Styx||Baritone or Tenor|
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