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L’homme à la pomme


12th February 2019 by No comments yet

Written by Graham Billing, co-director of La Belle Hélène. After some general pieces about La Belle Hélène and its creators, I’m very pleased to say that this latest report is more specifically about Bristol Opera’s own current production, which is now up and running and being energetically rehearsed. Last week we concentrated on the Finale

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Don’t forget the music


8th January 2019 by No comments yet

Written by Graham Billing, co-director of La Belle Hélène. I realise that, although I have been endeavouring in these messages to explain what Offenbach and his librettists did to make their story-line so funny and so irreverent, I haven’t yet said a word about any of the music! So what is it like? Is La

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The farce of La Belle Hélène


10th December 2018 by No comments yet

Written by Graham Billing, co-director of La Belle Hélène. Last time I set down some thoughts about the way in which Offenbach and his two script-writers Meilhac and Halévy turned serious figures from Greek mythology into comic characters in La Belle Hélène. This time I’m going to continue with this theme and discuss the operetta’s

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A different spin on the story


1st December 2018 by No comments yet

Written by Graham Billing, co-director of La Belle Hélène. Last time I said that part of the audience appeal of La Belle Hélène lies in the way in which the script pokes fun at ancient Greek myths and the fact that the French have always taken them so seriously. Let’s take two of the main

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Myths and Opera


24th November 2018 by No comments yet

Written by Graham Billing, co-director of La Belle Hélène. Greek myths? Who ever wants to see them on the operatic stage? Most people think they’re as stale as yesterday’s bun and only have visions of gloomy singers in togas or long floaty dresses churning out aria after aria in which they overindulge their steamy and

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La Belle Hélène: Phase one of casting completed


9th November 2018 by 1 comment

Following our auditions held on 18th October, we are excited to announce our first round of casting! We have new singers joining us this year, and we are also welcoming back some familiar faces. Role Actor Paris Thomas Edmonds Menelaus Graham Billing Agamemnon Timothy Allen Hélène Rebecca Chellapah Orestes Clare Daly Bacchis Ethel-Jane Cormack Parthenis

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