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Offenbach: La Belle Helene / Harnoncourt/Zurich Opera, Kasarova, Van der Walt [DVD]

Album Summary

>Offenbach, Jacques : La belle Helene
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Offenbach's light-hearted opera is based on the story of Helen of Troy. 'La Belle Helene' mercilessly satirizes the social mores of the declining Parisian upper classes under the Second Empire, highlighting their preoccupation with sex and their moral laxity. But it is done with great subtlety, theatrical finesse and by using word play and comic situations.

Offenbach's light-hearted opera is based on the story of Helen of Troy. La Belle Hélène mercilessly satirizes the social mores of the declining Parisian upper classes under the Second Empire, highlighting their preoccupation with sex and their moral laxity. But it is done with great subtlety and theatrical finesse, and by using word play and comic situations.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 123 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby 2.0,
Subtitles: English



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Works Details

>Offenbach, Jacques : La belle Hélène
  • Performers: Oliver Widmer (Bass); Volker Vogel (Bass); Deon Van der Walt (Tenor); Vesselina Kasarova (Soprano); Carlos Chausson (Bass)
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Ensemble: Zurich Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1864