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|Offenbach - La Belle Hlne / Harnoncourt Kasarova Zurich Opera|
Actor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Director: Helmut Lohner
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
Offenbach's light-hearted opera is based on the story of Helen of Troy. Helmut Lohner's lavish interpretation is delightfully entertaining, highlighting the declining social mores of the Parisian upper classes under the se... more »
Operafilly | Fallbrook, Ca United States | 07/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know what universe the previous reviewer Jackson is in, but this is a wonderful spoof on mythology, history, culture of the time it was written, and even spoofing Rossini's great male trio from William Tell. Mr Jackson must have no humour / brains. The more I listen to Offenbach, the more levels of satire I find, the more amazed I am at his genius.
And we have marvelous singer/actors here and clever costumes if you can read latin. Kasarova is excellent as Helene and the Afrikaaner Van der Walt has a nice lyric, yet masculine voice, easily soaring above high C.
While the staging is not elaborate, some cute business has characters occasionally interacting with the conductor, even descending into the pit. Very delightful.
If you have a sense of humour, you should enjoy this over and over!!"