Tag Archives: Offenbach

HER HIGHNESS THE PRINCE IMPRESSES

Comic Opera Guild’s spring production was a hilarious pastiche by COG founder Tom Petiet, with music by the father of operetta Jacques Offenbach. Not content to have produced many of the composer’s greatest hits, including La Belle Helene, La Vie … Continue reading

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ROBINSON CRUSOE

ROBINSON CRUSOE Ann Operetta in Three Acts By Jacques Offenbach English by Thomas Petiet Offenbach’s musical treatment of the famous Defoe story might have languished on the shelf forever had the Guild not seen the potential of editing and adapting … Continue reading

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THE GRAND DUCHESS OF GEROLSTEIN

Operetta in Two Acts English by Thomas Petiet Always one of the composer’s most popular shows in Europe, La Grande Duchesse is a hilarious satire on the military. It has been burdened, however, with a third act that was nearly … Continue reading

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ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD

IN 1978, Thomas Petiet wrote a new English version of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld for production by the Comic Opera Guild. This would be his first of a number of translations, inspired by his love of the French recordings … Continue reading

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LA BELLE HELENE

La Belle Helene is often referred to as the geatest work by Offenbach after The Tales of Hoffman. It’s easy to see why; the music is full of memorable melodies, and the construction is unexcelled. In addition, it is a … Continue reading

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GUILD STAKES FUTURE ON THE GRAND DUCHESS

Against a backdrop of shrinking audiences and grant money for live theater, The Comic Opera Guild is mounting its biggest production in 6 years with Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein. Whether the Guild will offer a full scale production … Continue reading

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