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    La Belle Hélène

    Jacques Offenbach

    Ending the season on a high note, with an opera-buffa and Offenbach's gem: a great way to ease into the summer break.

    Gaëlle Arquez
    Gaëlle Arquez - Droits réservés
    Alexandre Bloch
    Alexandre Bloch © Ugo Ponte, ONL

    Gaëlle Arquez | Hélène
    Pauline Texier | Parthénis
    Camille Poul | Léæna
    Marie Lenormand | Bacchis
    Cyrille Dubois | Pâris
    Marc Barrard | Agamemnon
    Eric Huchet | Ménélas
    Philippe Ermelier | Calchas
    Aliénor Feix | Oreste
    Raphaël Brémard | Achille
    Sahy Ratia | Ajax premier
    Florent Karrer | Ajax deuxième
    Léna Dangréaux comédienne | Vénus

    Alexandre Bloch | direction
    Orchestre National de Lille
    Chœur Septentrion

    Booklet updated by Lionel Rougerie
    Sung in French with French subtitles

    From the evening of its premiere on December 17, 1864 at the Théâtre des Variétés, La Belle Hélène met with a success that has never been denied since. It must be said that the story of the young shepherd, Pâris, who received from Venus the possibility of being loved by the most beautiful woman in the world and who thus provokes the general emotion of the female population is irresistible, so much so that the hilarious parodic tale of the librettists Halévy and Meilhac is talented and the richness of Offenbach's musical invention at its peak. The success of the work can be summed up neither in the buffoonish verve nor in the pastiche of Meyerbeer-style grand opera, but in its melodic richness, in this musical poise that balances distancing and emotion, derision and sensuality, which are all qualities that make La Belle Hélène a pure moment of pleasure, to be enjoyed in full without restraint.

    COPRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Les Grandes Voix

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