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Offenbach & Wachs

A colourful double bill in celebration of typical Second Empire French humour. The chance to discover an unknown composer—Frédéric Wachs—and the talent of a young director, Romain Gilbert.
Operetta Light Music Salle Pasteur / Le Corum
Lischen et Fritzchen “Conversation alsacienne” (Alsatian conversation) in one act, to a libretto by Paul Boisselot and music by Jacques Offenbach, premiered at the Kursaal in Bad Ems on 21 July 1863. An immediate public success at its premiere, this operetta did just as well at its revival at the Bouffes-Parisiens. It launched the career of Mademoiselle Zulma Bouffar, marking the start of a collaboration with Offenbach, who starred her in a dozen or so works. Choosing a pair of Alsatian characters obviously had a great deal to do with where it was premiered: the European tourists who came to take the waters at Bad Ems in the summer must have been highly amused to hear the witty intermingling of French and German; they may even have suspected that the joke was on them. Who knows… Un mari dans la serrure Operetta in one act to a libretto by Péricaud and Villemer and music by Frédéric Wachs, premiered at the Eldorado in 1876. Wachs’ operetta ventures into the experimental realm of the absurd, both in the premise of the initial situation and in the treatment of the relationship between the two main characters (Bigorneau and Thérézina). Having mistakenly entered the apartment of his downstairs neighbour, Bigorneau glimpses Thérézina stabbing a man. It is not until later that he realises that this was a dummy and that the young actress was rehearsing a scene in a play. Although still hard to gauge, its success is suggested by the sequels presented by its librettists in 1878 at the Concert du XIXe Siècle music-hall: Un mari à l’essai (music by Bernicat) and Un mari à grande vitesse (music by Delormel).

Dates

Fri 14 February 2020
20.00
Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, Aix-en-Provence
Sat 15 February 2020
15.00
Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, Aix-en-Provence
Fri 21 February 2020
19.30
Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venezia
Sat 22 February 2020
19.30
Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venezia
Sun 23 February 2020
17.00
Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venezia
Fri 28 February 2020
20.00
Studio Marigny, Paris
Sat 29 February 2020
20.00
Studio Marigny, Paris
Sun 1 March 2020
17.00
Studio Marigny, Paris
Tue 3 March 2020
20.00
Studio Marigny, Paris
Wed 4 March 2020
20.00
Studio Marigny, Paris
Thu 5 March 2020
20.00
Studio Marigny, Paris
Sat 28 March 2020
17.00
Salle Pasteur / Le Corum, Montpellier
Sun 29 March 2020
11.00
Salle Pasteur / Le Corum, Montpellier

Performers

Lischen / Thérézina Adriana Bignagni Lesca Fritzchen / Bigorneau Damien Bigourdan Jean-Marc Fontana piano Romain Gilbert direction Mathieu Crescence scenes and costumes

Programme

Jacques Offenbach Lischen et Fritzchen Frédéric Wachs Un mari dans la serrure
Coproduzione Bru Zane France / Les Théâtres - Jeu de Paume In corealizzazione con il Théâtres Marigny
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