Orpheus Returns

(The Case of the Underworld Zoo)

[complete tour schedule appears below]

Produced by Opera for the Young.

 Adapted by Diane Garton Edie and William R. Lutes

Winter/spring 2000 tour: January 17 - May 19

Fall 2000 tour: October 9 Ų November 17 (now accepting reservations)

 

Upcoming public performances

Saturday, March 11, 2000.  The Starlight Room, Madison Civic Center.  Performances are at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM; tickets $1 for children and $3 for adults.  Both performances feature a chorus of students from Deerfield Elementary School, Deerfield, WI.  Following both performances, audiences are invited to stay for refreshments and informal discussion with the professional cast. These performances sponsored by Michael, Best and Friedrich, Merrill Lynch, Firstar and the Madison Civic Center Foundation. For tickets call the OFY office at 608-277-9560.

Friday, March 17, 2000.  7:00 PM, Franklin Elementary School, Wausau, WI. 

 

About Orpheus Returns

 

This opera finds Orpheus (tenor), the mythical singer, living as a hermit in the mountains.  His beloved Harp (soprano) laments that Orpheus hasn‚t sung or played since the death of his wife Eurydice.  The Harp finally persuades Orpheus to sing again. This attracts a group of endangered animals (the student chorus), who plead for his help and protection.  It seems that scores of animals are disappearing from the face of the earth, at an alarming rate: the wily Pluto (baritone) and Persephone (mezzo soprano) have been snatching creatures with the intention of creating an Underworld Zoo.  The animals and the Harp persuade Orpheus to return to the Underworld where, through his sublime singing, he convinces Pluto and Persephone to return the stolen creatures to Earth.  Pluto agrees, but he imposes one condition: that Orpheus use his musical powers to remind humankind of its duty to preserve the natural harmony of Earth and its resources.

 

Our adaptation treats themes of abduction and rescue, the power of friendship, the power of music and the necessity of taking action in the face of our planet‚s environmental crisis. These themes are set to the very noble music of Monteverdi‚s Orfeo, the heart-wrenching music of Gluck‚s Orpheus and Eurydice, and the light, breezy music of Offenbach‚s Orpheus in the Underworld.  Students will recognize many familiar tunes, including Gluck‚s „Che faro senza Eurydiceš and the „Can-Canš from Offenbach. The result is an irresistible combination of serious themes and high spirits.

 

Please call Opera for the Young at 608-277-9560 to make arrangements, if you are planning to attend a performance.

 

This schedule last updated: February 17, 2000

 

 

 

 

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Date

Show 1

Show 2

School/Presenter

City

State

Address

Sponsor

01/17/2000

9:30 AM

 

Hales Corners Elementary

Hales Corners

WI

11319 W. Godsell Ave.

National Endowment for the Arts

01/17/2000

2:30 PM

 

Ben Franklin School

Franklin

WI

7620 S. 83rd

 

01/18/2000

9:30 AM

 

Midvale Elementary

Madison

WI

502 Caromar Drive

Evjue Foundation

01/18/2000

1:30 PM

 

John Muir Elementary

Madison

WI

6602 Inner Drive

Brittingham Fund, Strelow Trust

01/19/2000

9:30 AM

 

Lapham Elementary

Madison

WI

1045 E. Dayton Street

Brittingham Fund, Strelow Trust

01/19/2000

1:30 PM

 

Wingra School

Madison

WI

3200 Monroe Street

Brittingham Fund, Strelow Trust

01/20/2000

10:00 AM

 

Preschool of the Arts

Madison

WI

show is at Oakwood Village auditorium

Brittingham Fund, Strelow Trust

01/20/2000

2:00 PM

 

Huegel Elementary

Madison

WI

2601 Prairie Rd.

Brittingham Fund, Strelow Trust

01/21/2000

9:00 AM

 

Deerfield Elementary

Deerfield

WI

10 Liberty Street

Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission

01/21/2000

2:00 PM

 

Westside Elementary

Sun Prairie

WI

1320 Buena Vista

Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission

01/24/2000

9:30 AM

1:30 PM

Prairie View School

Oregon

WI

300 Soden Drive

Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission

01/25/2000

9:30 AM

 

Saint John Vianney

Janesville

WI

1301 Clark Street

 

01/25/2000

1:30 PM

 

Van Buren Elementary

Janesville

WI

1515 Lapham

 

01/26/2000

2:00 PM

 

Blair Elementary

Waukesha

WI

301 Hyde Park Ave.

 

01/27/2000

9:30 AM

 

Dousman Elementary

Dousman

WI

show is at Kettle Moraine H.S.

 

01/27/2000

1:00 PM

 

Cushing Elementary

Delafield

WI

show is at Kettle Moraine H.S.

 

01/28/2000

9:30 AM

 

Magee School

Genesee Depot

WI

show is at Kettle Moraine H.S.

 

01/28/2000

1:30 PM

 

Wales Elementary

Wales

WI

show is at Kettle Moraine H.S.

 

01/31/2000

9:30 AM

 

Southwestern Elementary

Hazel Green

WI

P.O. Box 368

Lands‚ End

01/31/2000

1:30 PM

 

Iowa-Grant Elementary

Livingston

WI

County I-G

Lands‚ End

02/01/2000

1:00 PM

 

Dodgeville Elementary

Dodgeville

WI

404 North Johnson

Lands‚ End

02/02/2000

9:30 AM

1:30 PM

Doudna School

Richland Center

WI

1990 Bohman Drive

Lands' End

02/03/2000

9:30 AM

 

Jefferson Elementary

Richland Center

WI

586 N. Main

Lands' End

02/03/2000

2:00 PM

 

Arena Elementary

Arena

WI

314 Willow

Lands' End

02/04/2000

9:00 AM

 

Glacier Creek Middle School

Cross Plains

WI

2800 Military Road

Lands' End

02/04/2000

1:30 PM

 

Frank Allis Elementary

Madison

WI

4201 Buckeye Road

Evjue Foundation

02/07/2000

1:50 PM

 

Jackson Elementary

Janesville

WI

441 Burbank Ave.

Janesville Foundation

02/08/2000

1:00 PM

 

Beloit School District

Beloit

WI

1633 Keeler Ave.

Beloit Foundation

02/09/2000

1:30 PM

 

Todd Elementary

Beloit

WI

1621 Oakwood

Beloit Foundation

02/10/2000

9:30 AM

1:30 PM

Maplebrook Elementary

Naperville

IL

1630 Warbler Drive

National Endowment for the Arts

02/11/2000

9:30 AM

 

Denison Elementary School

Lake Geneva

WI

900 Wisconsin Street

 

02/11/2000

1:30 PM

 

Tibbets Elementary

Elkhorn

WI

W5218 County Road A

 

02/14/2000

9:30 AM

 

Read School

Oshkosh

WI

1120 Algoma Blvd.

 

02/14/2000

1:30 PM

 

Lakeview

Neenah

WI

1645 County A

 

02/15/2000

9:00 AM

 

Franklin Elementary

Oshkosh

WI

1401 W. 5th Ave.

 

02/15/2000

1:30 PM

 

Webster Stanley Elementary

Oshkosh

WI

915 Hazel Street

 

02/16/2000

9:00 AM

 

Carl Traeger Elementary

Oshkosh

WI

3000 W. 20th Avenue

 

02/16/2000

1:00 PM

 

Jefferson School

Oshkosh

WI

244 W. 11th Ave.

 

02/17/2000

9:30 AM

 

Sunset Elementary

Oshkosh

WI

3596 North State Rd.

 

02/17/2000

1:30 PM

 

Emmeline Cook Elementary

Oshkosh

WI

1600 Hazel Street

 

02/18/2000

9:30 AM

 

Farmington Elementary

Kewaskum

WI

8736 Boltonville Rd.

 

02/18/2000

1:30 PM

 

Kewaskum Elementary

Kewaskum

WI

1550 Reigle Drive

 

02/21/2000

9:30 AM

 

Milton Pope School

Marseilles

IL

3197 E. 28th Road

Illinois Arts Council

02/22/2000

9:30 AM

1:30 PM

Minooka School District

Minooka

IL

Shows at Minooka Intermediate School

 

02/23/2000

9:00 AM

 

Indiana School

Park Forest

IL

165 Indiana Street

National Endowment for the Arts

02/23/2000

1:00 PM

 

Arcadia Elementary

Olympia Fields

IL

20135 Arcadian Way

National Endowment for the Arts

02/24/2000

1:30 PM

 

Pierce Downer School

Downer's Grove

IL

1436 Grant Ave.

Illinois Arts Council

02/25/2000

9:30 AM

 

Pheasant Ridge

Glendale Heights

IL

43 E. Stevenson

Illinois Arts Council

02/25/2000

1:30 PM

 

Glen Hill School

Glendale Heights

IL

2N220 Bloomingdale

Illinois Arts Council

02/28/2000

9:30 AM

 

Saint Patrick Catholic

Mauston

WI

325 Mansion Street

 

02/28/2000

1:30 PM

 

West Side Elementary

Reedsburg

WI

401 Alexander Ave.

Lands' End

02/29/2000

9:30 AM

 

Pardeeville Elementary

Pardeeville

WI

503 E. Chestnut

 

02/29/2000

1:30 PM

 

John Muir Elementary

Portage

WI

2600 Woodcrest Drive

 

03/01/2000

9:30 AM

 

Madison Elementary

Sheboygan

WI

2302 David Ave.

 

03/01/2000

1:30 PM

 

Lincoln Erdman Elementary

Sheboygan

WI

4815 County Road J

 

03/02/2000

9:00 AM

 

New Holstein Elementary

New Holstein

WI

2226 Park Street

 

03/02/2000

1:30 PM

 

Jackson School

Sheboygan

WI

4540 Moenning Road

 

03/03/2000

9:00 AM

 

Shorewood Hills Elementary School

Madison

WI

1105 Shorewood Blvd.

Madison West Kiwanis

03/03/2000

1:00 PM

 

Country View Elementary

Verona

WI

400 N. Main Street

Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission

03/06/2000

9:30 AM

 

Webster Elementary

Green Bay

WI

2101 S. Webster Ave.

 

03/06/2000

2:15 PM

 

Kennedy Elementary

Green Bay

WI

1754 9th Street

 

03/07/2000

1:30 PM

 

Coolidge School

Neenah

WI

321 Alcott Drive

 

03/08/2000

9:30 AM

 

Roosevelt Elementary

Wauwatosa

WI

2535 N. 73d Street

Wisconsin Arts Board

03/08/2000

1:30 PM

 

Red Apple Elementary

Racine

WI

914 St. Patrick Street

 

03/09/2000

9:00 AM

 

Grafton Elementary School

Grafton

WI

1800 Washington Street

 

03/09/2000

1:00 PM

 

Woodview School

Grafton

WI

600 5th Ave.

 

03/10/2000

9:30 AM

 

Cleveland Heights

New Berlin

WI

17401 W. Cleveland

 

03/10/2000

1:45 PM

 

Dunwiddie Elementary

Port Washington

WI

1243 W. Lincoln Ave.

 

03/11/2000

10:00 AM

2:00 PM

Madison Civic Center

PUBLIC SHOWS

Madison

WI

211 State Street

Michael, Best & Friedrich; Merrill Lynch; Firstar; Madison Civic Center Fdn.

03/13/2000

9:00 AM

 

Medford Middle School

Medford

WI

509 E. Clark Street

Advantage Learning Systems

03/13/2000

1:15 PM

 

Gilman Elementary

Gilman

WI

P.O. Box 188

Wisconsin Arts Board

03/14/2000

9:30 AM

 

Riverside Elementary

Ringle

WI

R12231 River Road

Judd S. Alexander Foundation

03/14/2000

1:30 PM

 

Franklin Elementary

Wausau

WI

1509 5th Street

Judd S. Alexander Foundation

03/15/2000

9:30 AM

 

Kate Goodrich Elementary

Merrill

WI

505 W. 10th Street

Judd S. Alexander Foundation

03/16/2000

9:30 AM

 

Rothschild Elementary

Rothschild

WI

810 First Street

Judd S. Alexander Foundation

03/16/2000

2:00 PM

 

Marathon Area Elementary

Marathon

WI

600 Spring Valley Drive

Judd S. Alexander Foundation

03/17/2000

9:30 AM

 

Stettin Elementary

Wausau

WI

3515 W. Stewart Ave.

 

03/17/2000

7:00 PM

 

Franklin Elementary PUBLIC SHOW

Wausau

WI

1509 5th Street

Judd S. Alexander Foundation

03/20/2000

9:30 AM

 

Wausaukee School District

Wausaukee

WI

N11941 Hwy. 141

Wisconsin Arts Board; Northeastern Wisconsin Arts Council

03/20/2000

1:45 PM

 

Niagara Elementary

Niagara

WI

700 Jefferson Ave.

Consolidated Papers Foundation

03/21/2000

9:30 AM

 

McKinley Elementary

Stevens Point

WI

2926 Blaine Street

Consolidated Papers Foundation

03/21/2000

2:00 PM

 

Bannach Elementary

Stevens Point

WI

5400 Walter Street

Consolidated Papers Foundation

03/23/2000

9:00 AM

 

Evergreen Elementary

Holmen

WI

510 Long Coulee Rd.

National Endowment for the Arts

03/23/2000

1:30 PM

 

Northern Hills Elementary

Onalaska

WI

511 Spruce Street

National Endowment for the Arts

03/28/2000

9:30 AM

 

Franklin

LaCrosse

WI

1611 Kane Street

 

03/28/2000

1:30 PM

 

Roosevelt

LaCrosse

WI

1307 Hayes

 

03/29/2000

9:30 AM

 

Emerson School

LaCrosse

WI

2101 Campbell Rd.

 

03/29/2000

1:30 PM

 

Jefferson

LaCrosse

WI

901 Caledonia Street

 

03/30/2000

9:30 AM

 

State Road Elementary

LaCrosse

WI

2350 Hagen Rd.

 

03/30/2000

1:30 PM

 

Hamilton

LaCrosse

WI

1111 South 7th

 

03/31/2000

9:30 AM

 

Harry Spence Elementary

LaCrosse

WI

2150 Bennett

 

03/31/2000

1:30 PM

 

Hintgen

LaCrosse

WI

3505 South 28th

 

04/03/2000

9:30 AM

1:30 PM

Taylor Prairie School

Cottage Grove

WI

900 N. Parkview

Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission

04/04/2000

9:30 AM

 

Madison Elementary

Janesville

WI

330 N. Grant Street

 

04/04/2000

1:30 PM

 

Roosevelt Elementary

Janesville

WI

316 S. Ringold

Janesville Foundation

04/05/2000

9:30 AM

 

Isaac Fox Elementary

Lake Zurich

IL

395 W. Cuba Road

National Endowment for the Arts

04/05/2000

PM (show  still pending)

 

Quest Academy

Palatine

IL

 

 

04/06/2000

9:30 AM

 

Irving School

Oak Park

IL

1125 South Cuyler

National Endowment for the Arts

04/06/2000

1:30 PM

 

St. Edmund School

Oak Park

IL

200 S. Oak Park Ave.

 

04/07/2000

9:30 AM

1:30 PM

Lincoln School

Oak Park

IL

1111 S. Grove Ave.

National Endowment for the Arts

04/10/2000

9:00 AM

 

Freedom Elementary

Freedom

WI

P.O. Box 1001

 

04/10/2000

1:15 PM

 

Fort Howard Elementary

Green Bay

WI

520 Dousman Street

 

04/11/2000

9:30 AM

 

Howe Elementary

Green Bay

WI

525 S. Madison

 

04/11/2000

1:30 PM

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Green Bay

WI

1601 Dancing Dunes

 

04/12/2000

9:30 AM

 

Beaumont Elementary

Green Bay

WI

1505 Gatewood Street

 

04/12/2000

2:15 PM

 

MacArthur

Green Bay

WI

1331 Hobart Drive

 

04/13/2000

9:30 AM

 

Sawyer School

Sturgeon Bay

WI

60 Willow Drive

Wisconsin Arts Board

04/13/2000

1:30 PM

 

Sevastopol School

Sturgeon Bay

WI

4550 Hwy 57

Wisconsin Arts Board

04/14/2000

9:00 AM

 

Algoma Elementary

Algoma

WI

514 Fremont Street

 

04/14/2000

2:00 PM

 

Suamico Elementary

Green Bay

WI

2153 School Lane

 

04/17/2000

9:00 AM

 

Edison Elementary School

Appleton

WI

412 N. Meade Street

 

04/17/2000

1:30 PM

 

Lincoln School

Green Bay

WI

105 S. Buchanan

 

04/18/2000

9:30 AM

 

Holy Angels Elementary

West Bend

WI

230 N. 8th Avenue

 

 

 

 

 

4/18 PM: Show available if within 30 minutes of West Bend

 

 

 

04/19/2000

9:30 AM

 

Johnson Creek Elementary

Johnson Creek

WI

111 South Street

 

04/19/2000

1:30 PM

 

East Elementary School

Jefferson

WI

120 S. Sanborn Ave.

National Endowment for the Arts

04/20/2000

9:30 AM

1:30 PM

Copeland Manor Elementary

Libertyville

IL

801 South 7th Ave.

National Endowment for the Arts

04/24/2000

9:30 AM

 

Green Meadow Elementary

Oshkosh

WI

4304 Cty Rd. N

 

04/24/2000

1:30 PM

 

Washington Elementary

Oshkosh

WI

929 Winnebago

 

 

 

 

 

4/24 AM: Show available if within 30 minutes of Manawa

 

 

 

04/25/2000

1:30 PM

 

Manawa Elementary School

Manawa

WI

585 E. 4th Street

Wisconsin Arts Board

04/26/2000

9:30 AM

 

Lincoln

Hartford

WI

755 S. Rural

 

04/26/2000

1:30 PM

 

Rossman Elementary

Hartford

WI

600 Highland Ave.

 

04/27/2000

9:00 AM

 

Grant Elementary

Sheboygan

WI

1528 N. 5th Street

 

04/27/2000

1:00 PM

 

Case Elementary

Two Rivers

WI

1322 33rd Street

 

04/28/2000

9:30 AM

1:30 PM

Houdini School

Appleton

WI

2305 W. Capitol Drive

 

05/01/2000

9:00 AM

 

Lee R. Foster

Oak Forest

IL

5931 School Street

National Endowment for the Arts

05/01/2000

1:30 PM

 

Concord Elementary School

Darien

IL

1019 Concord Place

Illinois Arts Council

05/02/2000

9:30 AM

1:30 PM

St. Gertrude

Chicago

IL

6216 N. Glenwood

Illinois Arts Council

05/03/2000

9:00 AM

 

Schulte Elementary

Sturtevant

WI

8515 Westminster Drive

 

05/03/2000

1:00 PM

 

SC Johnson Elementary

Racine

WI

2420 Kentucky Street

 

05/04/2000

1:30 PM

 

Wright Elementary

Beloit

WI

1033 Woodward Ave.

Wisconsin Arts Board

05/05/2000

9:30 AM

 

Lakeview Elementary

Whitewater

WI

P.O. Box 646

Wisconsin Arts Board

05/05/2000

1:30 PM

 

Cooper Elementary

Burlington

WI

249 Conkey

 

05/08/2000

1:30 PM

9:30 AM

Jefferson Elementary

Appleton

WI

1000 Mason

 

05/10/2000

9:30 AM

 

Wilder School

Green Bay

WI

2590 Robinson Ave.

 

05/10/2000

1:30 PM

 

Baird School

Green Bay

WI

539 Laverne Drive

 

05/11/2000

1:30 PM

 

Columbus Elementary

Appleton

WI

913 N. Oneida Street

 

05/12/2000

9:30 AM

 

Indian Hill School

Milwaukee

WI

1101 W. Brown Deer Road

 

05/12/2000

1:30 PM

 

Hadfield Elementary

Waukesha

WI

733 Linden Street

 

 

 

 

 

Shows available May 15-19; some dates being held for snow day re-scheduling