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Offenbach - keckFantasio (OEK critical edition) (1869-70) 130'
Opéra-comique in three acts

Music Text      Deutsch
Libretto by Paul de Musset and Charles Nuitter, based on the comedy by Alfred de Musset; new German version by Carsten Golbeck; new English version by Richard Duployen (F,G,E)

S/M/T,colS,4T,Bar,BBar,2B; chorus; 2(II=picc).2.2.2- .
Abbreviations (PDF).

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World Premiere

World premiere of version
Royal Festival Hall, London
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Sir Mark Elder

Programme Note      Deutsch    Français

Repertoire Note      Deutsch
For Offenbach, romantic opera was the big dream in his life: away from lyrical drama, the Singspiel, which seemed much too light for him, away from operetta, which he mastered as a champion of light entertainment, to the purer realm of absolute music. In the music of Fantasio, considered one of his most beautiful and refined works by those who know Offenbach, there is a shade of that longing. Fantasio, which remains close to a drama by Alfred de Musset, marks Offenbach’s crucial step on his way towards Tales of Hoffmann.
Ludwig Berger

Press Quotes  
"The revival, using Jean-Christophe Keck’s critical edition, reveals a work that deals in refined shifts in mood from a composer primarily associated, now as then, with in-your-face directness… Offenbach's unease at being pigeonholed as a popular entertainer informs the score, which is characterised by a refined melancholy…" (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 16 Dec 2013)

Recommended Recording
Sarah Connolly / Russell Braun / Robert Murray / Brenda Rae / Victoria Simmonds / Neal Davies / Brindley Sherratt / Aled Hall / Gavan Ring / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Opera Rara Chorus / Sir Mark Elder
Opera Rara ORC51

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