|Jarrett Ott (Courtesy Opera News, photo: Dario Acosta)|
American baritone Jarrett Ott was recently named one of twenty-five “Rising Stars” by Opera News, will make his role debut as Jupiter in Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphée aux enfers) in November with the New Orleans Opera. The work, first performed in 1858, is said to be the first classical full-length operetta.
The operetta is part of the company's ongoing commitment to French culture and French opera. The piece is an outrageous parody on the life of everyman Orpheus, as he quests heaven and hell for his true love, poking fun at the politics of the day and the state of life in the hands of “the gods.” Orpheus gave birth to the “infernal galop”, which became so popular it was adopted into the “can-can” at the Moulin Rouge decades later. It also had the distinction of insulting just about everyone in Second French Empire.
The cast also includes Casey Candebat as Orpheus, Cree Carrico as Diana, Daniel Curran as Aristeus/Pluto, Sara Hershkowitz as Eurydice and Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet as Public Opinion. Performances are on November 10 and 12 and tickets are available online.
On November 18, he makes a rare West Coast appearance with the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera in an evening of Mozart and Rossini. There will be selections from Rossini's La Scala di Seta and The Barber of Seville, as well as from Mozart's Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and a performance of the composer's Symphony No. 38 (Prague). Tickets are available online.
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