Offenbach: La Belle Helene / Priessnitz, Larmore, Han, Galliard, Rud
Jacques Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène (1864) has always been one of its composer’s most successful works.
• Its first, slightly scandalizing performance in Paris was quickly followed by productions in Vienna, Berlin, London, Milan and New York.
• A satire of middle-class values, this opéra bouffe – told through the story of Paris and Helen, and her abduction by the Trojan prince disguised as a shepherd – pillories narrow-mindedness in society.
• Adopting a pro-active stance, director Renaud Doucet and designer André Barbe treat the piece as a “great show” with numerous choreographic elements, relocating the action of Offenbach's classical spoof and setting it on a cruise ship in the 1960s, when Flower Power, love and drugs were all the rage.
• “La Belle Hélène is a firework display for ears and eyes...” (Hamburger Morgenpost), “opulent and amusing” (Bild), and, in the title role, Jennifer Larmore convinces with her “fantastic vocal performance.” (Das Opernglas)
Subtitles: French (orig.), English, German, Spanish, Chinese Korean
Booklet: English, German, French
No. of Discs: 1
Run time: 117 minutes
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9
Audio Format: PCM Stereo, PCM 5.1
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)
Catalog Number: 730908
Label: C Major
Composer: Jacques Offenbach
Conductor: Gerrit Priessnitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Performer: Jennifer Larmore, Jun-sang Han, Peter Galliard, Rebecca Jo Loeb, Viktor Rud