‘Orpheus in the Underworld’s’ two-show run a success

  • Dylan Godbey performs as Orpheus in “Orpheus in the Underworld” presented by the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. (Photos by Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • David Drettwan performs as Jupiter in “Orpheus in the Underworld” presented by the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Emily Densmore was Diana in "Orpheus in the Underworld" presented by the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Lilith Spivack performed as Eurdyce in a scene with Ben Johnson in “Orpheus in the Underworld” presented by the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

  • Shuyi-Li performs as cupid in “Orpheus in the Underworld” presented by the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (HPAF) fans are thrilled that fully staged opera is once more part of paradise. At the Kahilu, temperatures are taken, and masks are worn, but the bar is open, seats are filled, and generous patrons (for this opera, Michael Thompson and Marilyn and Carl Bernhardt) have again stepped up to give the Big Island community what it so craves: sets, singers, an orchestra in the pit and a full show to come.