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La Vie parisienne

Opéra-bouffe in 5 acts by Jacques Offenbach on a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, first performed on 31 October 1866 at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal (Paris). Complete original version of 1866.
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The Palazzetto Bru Zane and its partners present an opportunity to discover the early version of La Vie parisienne as originally conceived by Offenbach. In the autumn of 1866, faced with the limited capacities of the Palais-Royal troupe, better actors than they were singers, the master of operetta had to scale down his ambitions. Preparations for the run of performances turned out to be a chaotic process of cuts and rewrites: ‘The rehearsals of La Vie parisienne are driving me almost insane’, the librettist Ludovic Halévy wrote a few days before the premiere. Against all the odds, the revised operetta was an immense success and its authors were soon cured of their disappointment at not having been able to hear the piece they had dreamt of. However, hitherto unexplored sources now permit us to restore this initial version of the immortal success of French operetta. Two new acts feature completely unknown pieces of music. The pre-censorship libretto and forgotten variants offer a different angle on some of the most famous numbers. A previously unheard Vie parisienne, which yet retains the charm of the work and includes the numbers that have made its reputation.

You can also catch La Vie Parisienne from 20 December to 04 January at the Montpellier Opera.


Thu 9 November 2023
Opéra de Limoges, Limoges
Sat 11 November 2023
Opéra de Limoges, Limoges
Sun 12 November 2023
Opéra de Limoges, Limoges


Romain Dumas conductor
Christian Lacroix stage direction, sets and costumes
Laurent Delvert, Romain Gilbert staging collaborators
Philippine Ordinaire assistant of set design
Michel Ronvaux costumes assistant
Bertrand Couderc lighting
Julien Chatenet lighting assistant
Glyslein Lefever choreography
Mikael Fau choreography assistant

Gabrielle Norma Nahoun
Gardefeu Rodolphe Briand
Bobinet Laurent Deleuil
Le Baron Franck Leguérinel
La Baronne Marion Grange
Métella Héloïse Mas
Le Brésilien / Gontran / Frick Pierre Derhet
Urbain / Alfred Philippe Estèphe
Pauline Elena Galitskaya
Joseph / Alphonse / Prosper Carl Ghazarossian
Madame de Quimper-Karadec Marie Gautrot
Clara Louise Pingeot
Bertha Marie Kalinine
Madame de Folle-Verdure Caroline Meng

Dancers Mikael Fau, Émilie Eliazord, Anna Beghelli, Lili Felder, Keyla Ramos-Barea, Arthur Roussel, Tigdy Château, Paul Gouven
Coproduction Bru Zane France / Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège /Opéra de Rouen Normandie / Théâtre des Champs-Élysées / Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie / Opéra de Limoges / Opéra de Tours / Palazzetto Bru Zane
Executive production Bru Zane France
Décors, costumes, accessoires et perruques réalisées par les ateliers de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Scores published by the Palazzetto Bru Zane

Press quotes

Trois heures de musique passées à la vitesse de l’enchantement.

Le Monde
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Christian Lacroix relève le pari haut la main, signant un spectacle chic et pétillant.


Sans doute le plus beau spectacle de cette fin d’année.

Les Echos

Cette nouvelle mouture préserve tout l’humour parfois teinté de mélancolie et l’élan irrésistible qui font de La Vie parisienne une fête.
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Le retour en fanfare d’Offenbach

Le Figaro

See scores Scores list (cnts).1.0./timp.+perc./strings
Opéra-bouffe in 5 acts
Orchestral score / orchestral parts / reduction for voice and piano
About 3'15 min.
Palazzetto Bru Zane (February 2021)
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