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Offenbach - KeckFantasio (OEK critical edition) (1872) 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; new English version by Richard Duployen (F,G,E)

Scoring
colS,M(S),4T,Bar,BBar,2B; chorus; 2(II=picc).2.2.2-4.2.3.0-timp.perc-strings .
Abbreviations (PDF).

Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


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World premiere incomplete
10/15/2000
Théâtre, Rennes
Vincent Vittoz, director / Choeur de L'Opéra de Rennes / Orchestre de Bretagene / Claude Schnitzler


World Premiere
1/18/1872
Paris
Opéra-Comique


World premiere of version
12/15/2013
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)

News stories for this title :

 
  • Offenbach's Fantasio: reviews from London
  • New edition of Offenbach's Fantasio unveiled in London





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