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 1867 “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, and … Continue reading 47. La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (Jacques Offenbach)

34. Orphée aux enfers (Jacques Offenbach)

 ORPHÉE AUX ENFERSOpéra bouffon in two acts and four scenesBy Jacques OffenbachLibretto : Hector CrémieuxFirst performed : Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens, Paris, 21 October 1858, conducted by Offenbach.Revised as an opéra féerique in four acts and twelve scenes, with libretto by Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy.  Performed: Théâtre de la Gaité, Paris, 7 February 1874, conducted by Offenbach.The … Continue reading 34. Orphée aux enfers (Jacques Offenbach)

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

TROMB-AL-CA-ZAR, OU LES CRIMINELS DRAMATIQUESBouffonnerie musicale in 1 actBy Jacques OffenbachLibretto: Charles-Désiré Dupeuty & Ernest BourgetFirst performed : Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, 3 April 1856STORYIGNACE (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).COMMENTARYThe prolific Offenbach wrote nearly 60 operas for the Bouffes-Parisiens, the small theatre he founded in 1855 to perform opéra bouffe and … Continue reading 23. Tromb-al-ca-zar (Jacques Offenbach)