New Sussex Opera presents


Belle Lurette

by Jacques Offenbach


Tuesday, 6th December 2022; 7.30pm


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Live comic opera, fully staged, in a new English version


New Sussex Opera has unearthed another neglected gem. Belle Lurette has not been staged in the UK for a hundred and forty years. Amazingly, Offenbach wrote it at the same time as he was writing The Tales of Hoffmann, as he was dying. The orchestration was completed by Delibes and it had its first performance a month after he died.

A film was made of a musical based on the opera in the DDR in 1958. More than three million visitors in East German cinemas made it the most successful operetta film in the DDR, or actually one of the most successful DDR films, full stop.

The music is magnificent. In every way. For someone who wrote this score on his death bed the sparkle and tunefulness of every number is remarkable. And I mean really remarkable. The chorus of the laundresses is one big splash and sonic foam party. The ensembles are built with masterful care. And Lurette’s big solos have a bounce that will knock you flat. Kevin Clarke – Operetta Research Centre

I have rarely spent three such happy hours in an opera house. – Opera Now on NSO’s Princess of Trébizonde 2021



Cast includes Rhiannon Llewellyn, Paul Featherstone, Joseph Doody, Charles Johnston and Kristin Finnigan, with NSO Chorus and St Paul’s Sinfonia.

Condutor, Toby Purser. Director David Foster. Lighting design, Jason Ahn.

www.newsussexopera.org


Running time: approx 2h 45min, inc 1 interval

Age guidance: All opera fans ages 6+ welcome

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