Opera Rara to Release Recording of Offenbach’s ‘La Princesse de Trébizonde’

Opera Rara is set to release a new recording of Offenbach’s “La Princesse de Trébizonde” on Sept. 22, 2023. This recording represents the premiere studio recording of musicologist Jean-Christophe Keck’s critical edition of the three-act version from December 1969. Additionally, per an official press statement issued by the company, audiences will get a chance to hear previously unpublished excerpts from {…}

Spotlight Artists Management to Present ‘Christmas in the Village’

Spotlight Artists Management is set to present “Christmas in the Village” on Dec. 9, 2022 at St. John’s in the Village in New York City. The showcase will feature music by Korngold, Strauss, Bach, Catalani, Schubert, Ravel, Guastavino, de Falla, Offenbach, Piazzola, and Nataliya Medvedovskaya. Performers include Eugenia Forteza, Zoya Gramagin, Lucas Levy, Sara Beth Pearson, and Daniel Scofield. Alexander {…}

Opera Rara to Present Offenbach’s ‘La Princesse de Trébizonde’ in London

Opera Rara is set to present Offenbach’s “La Princesse de Trébizonde” on Sept. 16, 2022 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. The opera, which will feature Paul Daniel conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra, will star Anne-Catherine Gillet, Virginie Verrez, Christophe Gay, Josh Lovell, Katia Ledoux, Antoinette Dennefeld, Loïc Félix, and Christophe Mortagne. This marks the UK premiere of the {…}

Reassessing ‘Orphée aux enfers’ – How the 1973 Théâtre de la Gaïté-Lyrique Production Spotlights Offenbach’s Opera in a Class of its Scandalous Own

Perhaps no other work within the conventional canon of comic opera, of which Rossini, Donizetti, Mozart, Webern, and Lehar find their respective places, has achieved so much lasting success as Jacques Offenbach’s two (then four) act opéra bouffon “Orphée aux enfers.”  It was composed between 1855 and 1858 as a humorous reaction to the stuffy court opera aesthetic and hyper-focus {…}

Opéra Comique Cancels ‘La Belle Hélène’

(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 {…}