Vie Parisienne, La
Music by Jacques Offenbach, Original libretto by H. Meilhac and L. Halevy
Composer: Offenbach, Jacques 1819 - 1880
Operatic Society version New book and lyrics by Phil Park Music adapted and arranged by Ronald Hanmer
La vie parisienne (1866) was Offenbach’s first full-length work to portray contemporary Parisian life, unlike his earlier period pieces and mythological subjects. It became one of his most popular operettas. SYNOPSIS: Paris in the 1860s - and cosmopolitan gaiety has reached new heights of delightful frivolity. A divertingly-tangled tale of flirtatious masquerading and romantic intrigue, La Vie Parisienne concerns irresponsible men-about-town, fashionable demimondaines, aristocratic visitors in search of a good time, and a motley assortment of flamboyant characters. Irrepressible, vivacious music and scenes of rapturous hilarity make this glittering vision of life in the ‘Gay Paree’ of the Second Empire a marvellously enjoyable show.
3 VIOLIN I : 2 VIOLIN II : VIOLA : CELLO : BASS : FLUTE : OBOE : CLARINET I : CLARINET II : BASSOON : HORN I & II : TRUMPET I & II : TROMBONE I & II : PERCUSSION : HARP : CUED VOCAL SCORE
Vocal material from Faber