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Opera & Musical Theater

FAVA Presents Offenbach’s “Orpheus In The Underworld”

Members of the cast perform excerpts in the Geary Performance Studio.

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For the third year in a row FAVA, the Franco-American Vocal Academy, is presenting a French operetta at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This year’s production is of Jacques Offenbach’s 1858 piece Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld), an irreverent romp that parodies and satirizes Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice and culminates in the Galop Infernal better known as the “Can-Can.”

FAVA founder and president, William Lewis, a former leading tenor with the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1957 to 1992, and vice-president Frédérique Added, a noted interpreter of French art songs, brought four of FAVA’s participants to Houston Public Media’s Geary Studio to talk about and sing excerpts from Orpheus in the Underworld. Joining St.John Flynn in the studio were soprano Sarah Geocaris; tenor Daniel Mojica; baritone Charles Eliasch; and pianist Annie Jeng.

FAVA presents Orpheus in the Underworld Sunday, June 8th, 8:30PM, at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park.