Belle Helene, La

Composer: Offenbach, Jacques 1819 - 1880

Version: English version by Jeremy Sams

The second of Offenbach’s highly diverting satires on a well-known legend, La belle Hélène was an instant success with both the public and the critics upon its opening in 1864. SYNOPSIS: Ancient Greece. La belle Hélène tells of the abduction of the fair Helen by the Prince of Troy - aided and abetted by a wily oracle-worker, who outwits Helen’s much deceived husband and an assortment of royal Grecian heroes. The score includes some of Offenbach’s best-loved melodies.



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