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Composer: Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)

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Vienna120 Jahre Volksoper Wien

Benatzky, Bernstein, Gershwin, Loewe, Lortzing, Millöcker, Offenbach, Puccini
Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper; Alfred Eschwé; Chorus of the Vienna Volksoper; Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz; Johanna Arrouas; Daniela Fally

ZürichHäuptling Abendwind

Häuptling Abendwind
Offenbach: Evening Breeze, or the Horrible Feast
Thomas Barthel; Rüdiger Burbach; Zurich Opera; Anja Furthmann; Katharina von Bock; Fabienne Hadorn

BerlinBlaubart

© Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Offenbach: Barbe-bleue
TBC; Stefan Herheim; Komische Oper Berlin; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

OxfordA French Songbook: Véronique Gens & Susan Manoff

A French Songbook: Véronique Gens & Susan Manoff
Gounod, de Polignac, Chausson, Massenet, Duparc, Hahn, Offenbach
Véronique Gens; Susan Manoff

ViennaKammermusik der Wiener Philharmoniker 3

Mercadante, Klengel, Offenbach
Philharmonisches Celloquartett; Sebastian Bru; Bernhard Naoki Hedenborg; Robert Nagy
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A superb, sinister Hoffmann at Dutch National Opera

Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Selectively unearthed from current critical editions, this fabulously performed new Hoffmann plumbs the murky depths of its antihero’s psyche.
*****
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A boisterous romp at the Komische Oper

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Stefan Herheim packs puns and gags into a three-hour long show, but less could have been more. 
***11
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Oper Köln's delightful Orpheus enraptures all ages

Maria Isabel Segarra (Eurydice) and Matthias Hoffmann (Aristeus/Pluto) © Matthias Jung
Oper Köln’s Orpheus in the Underworld proved age accessibility must not sacrifice humour and musical integrity. The tight ensemble piece was superbly acted and well-sung throughout.
****1
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Play on the Parisian profile: Offenbach’s La Vie parisienne

La Vie parisienne © Thomas Entzeroth
“Eat, dance, sing, and afterwards make love” was the motto for Parisian life, and their pursuit made up the greater part of this performance.
***11
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Grigòlo stars as Debus leads thrilling Hoffmann at The Met

Vittorio Grigòlo (Hoffmann) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Bartlett Sher's production of The Tales of Hoffmann, revived at The Met, takes a Kafka-esque, surreal view of the opera.
****1
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