Opéra Comique Cancels ‘La Belle Hélène’

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Opéra Comique official website)

The Opéra Comique in Paris has canceled its upcoming production of Jacques Offenbach’s opera “La Belle Hélène.”

The opera was set to star Marie–Nicole Lemieux, Philippe Talbot, Kangmin Justin Kim, Michel Fau, Franck Leguérinel, Jean-Claude Saragosse, Pierre-Emmanuel Roubet, Thomas Morris, Yoann Dubruque, Sarah Jouffroy, and Didier Deconinck. Pierre Dumoussaud was signed on to conduct Les Frivolités Parisiennes Orchestre in the production by Michel Fau. Diane Belugou was responsible for costumes. The production also included the  Chœur Les éléments.

The opera was a co-production with Opéra de Lausanne and Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.

France is undergoing an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis. France’s Health Ministry has asked regional health agencies and hospitals to enter crisis mode in order to prepare for a possible surge in coronavirus cases as a result of highly contagious new COVID-19 variants.

The showcase was set to run in the Salle Favart between March 1 and March 11, 2021.