98. M. Choufleuri restera chez lui le… (Jacques Offenbach)

Operette bouffe in 1 act Composer: Jacques Offenbach and M. de Saint Rémy [pseudonym of the Duc de Morny]. Libretto: Ludovic Halévy, Hector Crémieux, et Ernest L’Epine First performed: Salons du Corps législatif, Palais Bourbon, 31 May 1861, in the presence of Napoléon III. First public performance: Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, 14 September 1861 M. Choufleuri (“Mr Cauliflower”), a … Continue reading 98. M. Choufleuri restera chez lui le… (Jacques Offenbach)

92. Ba-ta-clan (Jacques Offenbach)

BA-TA-CLAN Chinoiserie musicale in 1 act Composer: Jacques Offenbach Libretto: Ludovic Halévy First performed: Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris, 29 December 1855 Hurrah for Jacques Offenbach! Offenbach was one of very few clever, witty composers: a parodist who delighted in turning things on their head, putting familiar elements in strange contexts (and vice versa), toppling sacred cows, … Continue reading 92. Ba-ta-clan (Jacques Offenbach)

58. Pierrette et Jacquot (Jacques Offenbach)

Opérette in 1 act Composer: Jacques Offenbach Libretto: Jules Noriac & Philippe Gille First performed: Bouffes-Parisiens, 13 October 1876 Dossier This one-act operetta tells the old tale of the wealthy guardian who wants to marry his ward, to the chagrin of both her boyfriend and the middle-aged woman who loves him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdAGsE4l8uU&w=640&h=385 SYNOPSIS CHARACTERS PIERRETTE, Savoyard … Continue reading 58. Pierrette et Jacquot (Jacques Offenbach)

47. La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (Jacques Offenbach)

Opéra bouffe in 3 acts and 4 tableaux Music: Jacques Offenbach Libretto: Henri Meilhac & Ludovic Halévy First performed: Théâtre des Variétés, Paris, 12 April 1887 Dossier “C’est tout-à-fait ça," said Bismarck, after seeing Offenbach’s satire of war and petty German princedoms. Offenbach and his librettists Meilhac and Halévy skewer the military mind, court protocol, favoritism, corruption, … Continue reading 47. La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (Jacques Offenbach)

23. Tromb-al-ca-zar (Jacques Offenbach)

TROMB-AL-CA-ZAR, OU LES CRIMINELS DRAMATIQUES Bouffonnerie musicale in 1 act By Jacques Offenbach Libretto: Charles-Désiré Dupeuty & Ernest Bourget First performed : Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, 3 April 1856 Dossier STORY IGNACE (bass) BEAUJOLAIS (tenor) VERT-PANNÉ (baritone) GIGOLETTE (soprano) SETTING: An inn on the coast near Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Basses-Pyrénées, France. Libretto (in French). COMMENTARY The prolific Offenbach wrote nearly 60 operas for … Continue reading 23. Tromb-al-ca-zar (Jacques Offenbach)

17. Les contes d’Hoffmann (Jacques Offenbach)

LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN By Jacques Offenbach Opéra in a prologue, 3 acts, and an epilogue Libretto: Jules Barbier, after Barbier and Michel Carré’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, based on Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann Dossier   Offenbach's last opera.  There is no fixed score, and various versions exist, as Offenbach died before he could complete the work.  … Continue reading 17. Les contes d’Hoffmann (Jacques Offenbach)