Jacques Offenbach - Amaury Du Closel - Anne Derouard - Opera
This ‘Grande Duchesse’, a major work of Offenbach, first performed in 1847 epitomised Opéra bouffe then at the peak of its art and contains within it all the keys, of style and tone of its author’s compositions. This delicious satirical and hilarious work from the Second Empire gently pokes fun at these petty characters who move forward, puffed up with their past glory to a time very soon, when they will stumble. The work jubilantly attacks the irresponsible military and vain nobility, all oblivious of the coming war, and the comic intensity produced from the contrast between the words and the musical theatricality. Admirably aided by performers at the top of their game, this delicious buffoonery gracefully clothes the author's underlying cynicism. A classic that hums with modernity!