Bluebeard
JACQUES OFFENBACH Bluebeard TROY993-94 - Price: $33.98
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An operetta from "the Mozart of the Champs-Elysees."

Following the success of Orpheus in the Underworld, none other than Rossini dubbed Offenbach "the Mozart of the Champs-Elysees." After another international triumph, La Belle Helene, 1866 saw the premiere of Bluebeard. Despite being based on a grisly legend, Offenbach produced a ribald comedy tinged with the dark, gothic passions later found in The Tales of Hoffmann. Granted, the buffoonery is mixed with some real terror but all comes out well in the end! This recording marks the Ohio Light Opera's first performance of this work since 1987, in a very welcome revival featuring a witty English translation by Richard Traubner and all the high spirits and enthusiasm you expect from this marvelous company.
Contents:
Jacques Offenbach, composer
Bluebeard
Cast, Chorus and Orchestra of the Ohio Light Opera, Michael Borowitz, conductor

Review:
"The cast of young singers clearly savours Offenbach's outpouring of chipper and lyrical music... the piece's delights come leaping from the speakers, especially with conductor Michael Borowitz at the helm." (Gramophone)

"The music is one delightful tune after another,... As always, the chorus at OLO is a star in itself." (American Record Guide)
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