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Offenbach - Keck: La Belle Hélène (OEK critical edition) (Die schöne Helena) (1864) 150'
Opéra-bouffe in three acts

Music Text

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Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy; original German version by Ernst Dohm; new German versions by Gunter Selling, Michael Quast, Peter Hacks, Wolfgang Quetes and Wolfgang Böhmer; new English version by Richard Duployen (F,G,E)

Scoring

2S,3S(M),4T,T(Bar),Bar,BBar; 2 speaking roles; chorus; 2(II=picc).1.2.1-2.2.1.0-timp.perc-strings; Viennese orchestration: 2(II=picc).2.2.2-4.2.3.0-timp.perc-strings

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Territory

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World Premiere

17/12/1864
Théâtre des Variétés, Paris
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World premiere of version

02/07/2004
Kaiserthermen, Trier
Wolfgang Quetes, director / Ensemble Theater Trier / Fabian Dobler

Recommended Recording

Jennifer Larmore / Jun-Sang Han / Peter Galliard / Viktor Rud / Rebecca Jo Loeb / Christian Miedl / Anat Edri / Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper / Philharmoniker Hamburg / Gerrit Prießnitz
Renaud Doucet, dir. / decors & costumes: André Barbe
Unitel Classica / C Major 730908 (Blu-Ray) / 731004 (DVD)

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