Auditorium du Petit Palais – 14 mars 2020 – 15h30
Excerpts from operettas and operas by Offenbach, Gilbert & Sullivan, Cellier, Balfe, Lecoq, Hervé, Macfarren, … . de . . ..
Coach - Dame Felicity Lott According to the Austrian writer Karl Kraus, Offenbach was the greatest satirist of all times. The composer of the celebrated Galop Infernal from Orphée aux Enfers was widely celebrated in the 2019 bicentennial which proved rich in the rediscovery of a repertoire. The milestone clearly refuted Wagner’s cynical desription of Offenbach as the « little Mozart of the Champs-Elyses ». As the father of French comic opera, Offenbach was the figurehead of this new light style along with notable composures such as Charles Lecoq and Florimond Hervé and even the young George Bizet. On the other side of the channel, the librettist Gilbert and composer Sullivan were enthralling Londoners with their witty, genial scores that even today reflect a quintessentially « British » taste. Both of these mythical musical figures have transcended the centuries and and are still beloved today. For this Master class, David Stern and the members of Opera Fuoco’s young artist program under the guidance of the fabulous Dame Felicity Lott, explore the rich repertoires from both sides of the channel and delve into the subtleties and effervescence of this wonderful period.