Orfeu da Conceição

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Vinicius de Moraes, 1970

Orfeu da Conceição (Orpheus of the Conception[1]) is a stage play with music in three acts by Vinicius de Moraes and music by Antônio Carlos Jobim. It premiered in 1956 in Rio de Janeiro. The play became the basis for the films Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus, 1959) and Orfeu (1999), and for the musicals Orfeu (Brazil, 2010)[2] and Black Orpheus (Broadway, 2014).[3]

The play sets the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in a contemporary favela in Rio de Janeiro during the Brazilian Carnival. Started in 1954, the play was first performed on 25 September 1956 at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro[4] with a stage setting by Oscar Niemeyer. Abdias do Nascimento was in the original cast.

Songs to the play were released on an Odeon-EMI LP (MODB 3.056) in the year of the play's premiere.[5]


  1. ^ Note: probably a reference to the favela Vila Imaculada Conceição, or Conception Hill (Morro da Conceição (Rio de Janeiro) [pt]
  2. ^ Orfeu, background and production details (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Lynn Nottage Will Pen Stage Adaptation of Black Orpheus; George C. Wolfe to Direct" Archived 2014-07-09 at the Wayback Machine by Carey Purcell, Playbill, 7 July 2014
  4. ^ Original production posters
  5. ^ Orfeu da Conceição (1956 LP)

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