Les Bouffes de Bru Zane

Le 66!

Operetta in one act, music by Jacques Offenbach, libretto by Auguste Pittaud de Forges and Laurencin, premiered at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens on 31 July 1856.
Operetta Light Music
The Tyrolean cousins Frantz and Grittly wander the roads of Württemberg as travelling musicians and imagine what they would be able to buy themselves if the lottery ticket they have in their pockets turned out to be a winner. The dream becomes reality with the appearance of the pedlar Berthold, who knows the result of the draw. The number 66 will bring its holder 100,000 florins: this is precisely the number Frantz thinks he has. But, rather than use this unexpected windfall to help Grittly and his recently widowed sister, Frantz borrows the money and goes into town to squander it. The exhilaration of wealth gives way to despair when he realises that he had read his number upside down: his ticket is 99... The moral – money does not bring happiness – greatly appealed to the bourgeois public of the Champs-Élysées. The press saw the work as above all a show of strength on Offenbach’s part, in which he displayed his compositional talents. Here he openly declared his allegiance to the tradition of French opéra-comique and presented numbers that became hits right from the premiere. François Bernard’s new arrangement for piano, clarinet and trombone and Victoria Duhamel’s participative staging will bring out all the finesse and the parodic dimension of this one-act operetta.

Dates

Wed 25 November 2020
20.00
Maison de la culture, Bourges
Thu 26 November 2020
10.00
Maison de la culture, Bourges
Thu 26 November 2020
20.00
Maison de la culture, Bourges
Fri 27 November 2020
10.00
Maison de la culture, Bourges
Fri 27 November 2020
14.30
Maison de la culture, Bourges
Fri 4 December 2020
20.30
Théâtre Montansier, Versailles
Sat 5 December 2020
20.30
Théâtre Montansier, Versailles
Sun 6 December 2020
15.30
Théâtre Montansier, Versailles
Thu 17 December 2020
14.30
Théâtre de Cornouaille, Quimper
Thu 17 December 2020
20.00
Théâtre de Cornouaille, Quimper
Fri 18 December 2020
20.00
Théâtre de Cornouaille, Quimper

Performers

Victoria Duhamel director
Guillemine Burin des Roziers sets
Emily Cauwet-Lafont costumes
Félix Bataillou lights and stage management

Joseph Berthold Paul-Alexandre Dubois, Gilles Bugeaud*
Frantz Flannan Obé, David Ghilardi*
Grittly Lara Neumann
Rozenn le Trionnaire clarinet
Lucas Perruchon trombone
Christophe Manien, Martin Surot* piano
*variable cast

Programme

Le 66! by Jacques OFFENBACH
Production Bru Zane France
Co-production Théâtre de Cornouaille - Scène nationale de Quimper, Maison de la Culture de Bourges, Théâtre Montansier | Versailles, Opéra de Tours, Opéra de Toulon, L’atelier lyrique de Tourcoing, Centre d'Art Vocal et de Musique Ancienne - CAV&MA | Namur
Sets made by the workshops of the Opéra de Tours
Costumes made by the workshops of the Opéra de Tours and Emily Cauwet-Lafont

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