List of Orphean operas

Orpheus Playing the Violin, 17th-century painting by Cesare Gennari

Operas based on the Orphean myths, and especially the story of Orpheus' journey to the underworld to rescue his wife, Eurydice, were amongst the earliest examples of the art form and continue to be written into the 21st century. Orpheus, the Greek hero whose songs could charm both gods and wild beasts and coax the trees and rocks into dance, has achieved an emblematic status as a metaphor for the power of music. The following is an annotated list of operas (and works in related genres) based on his myth. The works are listed with their composers and arranged by date of first performance. In cases where the opera was never performed, the approximate date of composition is given.

17th century

18th century

19th century

  • 1802 – Carl Conrad Cannabich – Orpheus
  • 1807 – Friedrich August KanneOrpheus
  • 1813 – Ferdinand KauerOrpheus und Euridice, oder So geht es im Olympus zu
  • 1814 – Marchese Francesco Sampieri – Orfeo (cantata?)
  • 1858 – Jacques OffenbachOrphée aux enfers
  • 1860 – Gustav Michaelis – Orpheus auf der Oberwelt
  • 1867 – Karl Ferdinand Konradin – Orpheus im Dorfe (operetta)

20th century

21st century

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