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In the year 2004, 'Carmina Burana' was presented by Orlando Opera with the Cirque de Soleil-inspired Apogee troupe. The show was performed under the direction of Debra Brown.

Carmina Burana was first staged in Frankfurt by the Frankfurt Opera in the year 1937. The conductor of the show was Bertil Wetzelsberger, Choir Cäcilienchor, staging by Otto Wälterlin and sets and costumes was designed by Ludwig Sievert.

Other notable recordings are Robert Shaw (conductor), with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Judith Blegen, William Brown, and Hakan Hagegard. Recorded 1980 (Telarc), Eugen Jochum with the "Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin" and Gundula Janowitz, Gerhard Stolze and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Recorded 1968 (Deutsche Grammophon). This version was endorsed by Carl Orff himself, James Levine with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and June Anderson, Phillip Creesh and Bernd Weikl. Recorded 1984 (Deutsche Grammophon), Riccardo Muti with Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus and Arleen Auger, John van Kesteren and Jonathan Summers. Recorded 1979 (EMI), Herbert Blomstedt with San Francisco Symphony and Chorus and Lynne Dawson, John Daniecki, and Kevin McMillan. Recorded 1991 (Decca), Fabio Mechetti with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and Andrea Matthews, Christopher Pfund, and Kurt Loft Willett. Recorded 2005, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, photographed for broadcast television by the Independent film project at the University of Oklahoma, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra on their upcoming CD Night Castle.
Carmina Burana is a musical composition that has been composed by Carl Orff. Carmina Burana has been taken from 24 of the poems which was found in Carmina Burana, a medieval collection. Carmina Burana is a Latin title which means, "Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images."

Carl Orff came in contact with the poems when he was reading them in John Addington Symonds's 1884 publication, Wine, Women, and Song. The collection was translated in English in the publication. Orff was assisted by a young law student and a Greek and Latin enthusiast, Michel Hofmann. They worked together, selecting and organizing 24 of these poems into a libretto, which also includes both Latin and Middle High German verse. What makes the topics interesting, is that it is secular in nature, which very much holds truth in the 21st century as it was in 13th century. The ideas expressed in the poems centers around the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust.

The vocal elements of Carmina Burana are soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists, additional brief soli for 3 tenors, baritone, and 2 basses; large mixed choir; chamber choir; children's choir.

The Instrumental elements of Carmina Burana are Woodwinds- 3 flutes (2 doubling piccolo), 3 oboes (1 doubling English horn), 3 clarinets (one doubling E-flat clarinet, one doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons and contrabassoon; Brass- 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, Percussion: timpani, glockenspiel, xylophone, castanets, ratchet, small bells, triangle, antique cymbals, crash cymbals, sleigh bells, suspended cymbal, tam-tam, tubular bells, tambourine, snare drum, bass drum, celesta; 2 pianos; strings

Generally, Carmina Burana has been organized into five major sections. Each of these sections consists of various individual movements. Orff indicates attacca markings between all the movements within each scene, such as Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi [Fortuna, Empress of the World], Primo vere [Spring] - includes the internal scene Uf dem Anger [In the Meadow], In Taberna [In the Tavern], Cours d'amours [Court of Love], Blanziflor et Helena [Blanziflor and Helena]