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Offenbach: La Belle Hélène
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And we have marvelous singer/actors here and clever costumes if you can read latin. Kasarova is excellent as Helene and the Afrikaaner Van der Walt has a nice lyric, yet masculine voice, easily soaring above high C.
While the staging is not elaborate, some cute business has characters occasionally interacting with the conductor, even descending into the pit. Very delightful.
If you have a sense of humour, you should enjoy this over and over!!
Very good sound and image quality (not usual for kultur's DVD's. I hope this label continue improving quality)
You will not regret to buy it.
The whole cast is oustanding and the operetta is presented with many clever bits. During the Dream Duet the chorus appears in the background as amorous sheep. In the first act Menelaus appears in his nightshirt while Paris, in the contest, has only a towel draped around him as he sings his Mt. Ida song. Best of all is the Act 1 conclusion. Though less than a minute long, Menalaus is whisked off on his journey to Crete by eight dancers dressed as travel agents who even manage to add a very brief Offenbach cancan to their highjinks. And a flight attendant briefly appears to lead the King away.
Hats off to Dame Felicity for a performence for the ages! And Offenbach must surely be smiling.
Flott is priceless. The look of resigned indignation when Michel Senechal (Menelaus) curls himself up against her when the bolt of lightning strikes at the end of Act One; her conspiratorial glances to the audience during the Love Duet in Act Two, and then, her sashaying around as a drunk Helen at the end of Act Three are all magnificent. Michel's acting abilities come into full play in the Patriotic Trio (which is extremely funny.) And I could go down the list....
Very, very, enjoyable.
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When I came across this DVD, it touched my heard seiing that deon van der Walt was a fellow S A. citizen like me. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by ludwig von beethoven
This review has been wrongly listed by Amazon under the Minkowski recording as well as being correctly listed under the Harnoncourt/Kasarova recording. Read more
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This Parisian production of Offenbach's silliest operetta, La Belle Hélène, is flamboyantly 'updated' both in visual and dramatic... Read more
I was not familiar with this operetta, but I thought Harnoncourt and the Zurich Opera has got to be good. Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by John Boyce
The key roles are quite well sung and played. Lott not only sings but swings in quite good fashion as do all the featured cast. Read morePublished on August 7, 2009 by drkhimxz
Quality recording very good.The opera is silly, makes no sense. I own approximately one hundred and fifty opera recordings on DVD, this was without any doubt the wrost.Published on June 29, 2009 by James E. Jackson
I don't know why it took me so long to acquire "Helene" on DVD since I have had a CD of it for many years. Read morePublished on September 16, 2008 by DDD
Some reviewers are fixated on the fact that Dame Feliciy Lott is too old and not beautiful enough to be Helen. Read morePublished on September 2, 2006 by Patricia F. Highet
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