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Offenbach: La Belle Helene / Harnoncourt, Zurich Opera House

Offenbach / Kasarova / Der Walt / Harnoncourt
Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 2082  
Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Deon Van der WaltVesselina KasarovaCarlos ChaussonOliver Widmer,   ... 
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House OrchestraZurich Opera House Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 2 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jacques 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 teh Parisian upper classes under the second empire.

Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt conjures up an unusual combination of sounds and a new listening experience, with an orchestra configured to replicate that which would have been available to Offenbach.

FEATURES:
Vesselina Kasarova
Deon Van der Walt
Carlos Chausson
Volker Vogel
Oliver Widmer
Liliana Nichiteanu
Ruben Amoretti
Cheyne Davidson
Steve Davislim
Ruth Rohner
Ulrika Precht
Lisa Larsson
Karl
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Jean-Paul Beglin
Jakob Baumann

Composed by: Jacques Offenbach
Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Orchestra and Chorus of the Zurich Opera House
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Chorus Master: Ernst Raffelsberger

Set Design: Paolo Piva
Costumes: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Region: 1 (US and Canada)
Running Time: 123 minutes
Picture Format: NTSC
Color: Color
Language: French
Subtitles: English Read less

Works on This Recording

1. La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Deon Van der Walt (Tenor), Vesselina Kasarova (Mezzo Soprano), Carlos Chausson (Bass Baritone),
Oliver Widmer (Baritone), Volker Vogel (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: Live 1997 

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