Introduction to the Festival

Light Music Palazzetto Bru Zane
Thu 20 September 2018
Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice
The Palazzetto Bru Zane is paying homage to Jacques Offenbach, the master of operetta and the splendours of the Second Empire, in anticipation of the celebrations for the bicentenary of his birth. Although Offenbach was of German origin, he skilfully assimilated the humour of comic genres already popular in Paris at the end of the 18th century. A large number of composers and librettists gravitated around him, many of whom he took as models. Of these, Hervé is slowly regaining his rightful position among this company, gradually acquiring the status of Charles Lecocq, while many others are still waiting for their true worth to be re-evaluated: Laurent de Rillé, Gaston Serpette, Robert Planquette, Edmond Audran, Louis Varney, Frédéric Toulmouche and Claude Terrasse, among others, who paved the way for works by André Messager and Reynaldo Hahn. A round-up of comic composers with a savage wit…
Fiona McGown mezzo-soprano Flore Merlin piano