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Wikipedia article of the day for July 25, 2019 Orpheus in the Underworld

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The Wikipedia article of the day for July 25, 2019 is Orpheus in the Underworld.
Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphée aux enfers, 1858) is a comic opera with music by Jacques Offenbach (pictured) and words by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy. It was extensively revised and expanded in 1874 for a run that broke box-office records at the Théâtre de la Gaîté, Paris. In the opera, a lampoon of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, Orpheus is a rustic violin teacher who is glad to be rid of his wife when she is abducted by the god of the underworld. The reprehensible conduct of the gods of Olympus was widely seen as a veiled satire of the court and government of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French. Some critics expressed outrage at the librettists’ disrespect for classic mythology and the composer’s parody of Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice; others praised the piece highly. It was Offenbach’s first full-length opera and remains the one that is most often performed. Can-can cabaret acts still use its “Galop infernal”, adopted later in the 19th century by the Moulin Rouge and Folies Bergère.

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