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La belle Hélène

Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Opéra Bouffe in 3 acts
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Duration: 2h30
Incl. 1 intermission
CHF: 30.00 - 180.00
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A jubilant parody of justice under the Second Empire

La belle Hélène is the work that confirmed Offenbach’s international renown. The libretto caricatures the conventions of Greek mythology and mocks contemporary society; in addition, you only have to hear the arias once, and they will never leave you again. There was no lack of erotic or political scandal to liven up the creation of this work, guaranteeing it immediate and unfailing success. We are carried away by music that is always new and inventive, interspersed with snapshots: the dream couple of Helen and Paris, the patriotic trio, mimicking Guillaume Tell’s Rossini, the ensemble in “l’homme à la pomme” (the man with the apple) or the waltz of the “vil séducteur” (the vile charmer)… Not forgetting the exquisite humour in the language, including the reunion, the “creases of valour” and the “queen’s lice” as part of the lexical background. In this celebration of Offenbach, we are constantly swinging between laughter and beauty, indulging all our senses in pleasure.

Pierre Dumoussaud
Conductor
Michel Fau
Direction & Ménélas
Julie Robard-Gendre
Hélène
Julien Dran
Pâris

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
First performance at the Théâtre des Variétés, Paris, December 17, 1864
Editions Heugel & Cie, represented by Atlantis Musikbuch-Verlag AG, Zurich
New production of the Opéra de Lausanne
Co-Production with Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, Théâtre national de l’Opéra Comique

Ménélas
Michel Fau
Hélène
Julie Robard-Gendre
Pâris
Julien Dran
Agamemnon
Christophe Lacassagne
Calchas
Jean-Claude Sarragosse
Achille
Jean-Francis Monvoisin
Ajax Premier
Pier-Yves Têtu
Ajax Deuxième
Hoël Troadec
Oreste
Paul Figuier
Bacchis
Marie Daher
Parthoenis
Laurène Paternò
Loena
Béatrice Nani
Euthyclès
Richard Lahady
Philocome
Jean-Raphaël Lavandier
Conductor
Pierre Dumoussaud
Direction
Michel Fau
Set Design
Emmanuel Charles
Costumes
Diane Belugou
Lighting
Joël Fabing
Director's Assistant
Tristan Gouaillier
Set Design Assistant
Emilie Roy

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