LA BELLE HÉLÈNE
Adapted by Giogio Barberio Corsetti & Pierrick Sorin
Camera Lucida productions- ARTE France- Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris -2015 / Isabelle Dailly and Samuel Guiton
French with Hebrew Subtitles
pre-screening presentation by Anat Sharon, lecturer at the Open University and musicologist
The second - and equally famous - of Offenbach's highly diverting satires on a well-known legend. The action takes place (without any regard for credibility) in unspecified ancient times in an unlikely ancient Greece, and concerns 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.
“Seducing, funny, smart: an irresistible «Belle Hélène » by Offenbach at the Chatelet!” France Info