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Paul Daniel|Offenbach: La Princesse de Trébizonde

Offenbach: La Princesse de Trébizonde

Paul Daniel & London Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Opera Rara label and company, true to their name, resurrect forgotten operas. There is an abundance of those in the output of Jacques Offenbach, who wrote some 100 operettas and opéras bouffes, few of which are remembered today. Opera Rara made a good pick with La Princesse de Trébizonde (1869), and this release made classical best-seller charts in the autumn of 2023. Offenbach is as full of good, Arthur Sullivan-like tunes as ever, and he even discarded a number of them from the operetta's original production in Baden-Baden in the process of preparing a new version for Paris. Those discarded pieces are included here, and there could hardly be a better testimony to Offenbach's melodic fecundity. Better still is the action, taking place in a carnival sideshow and suggesting all kinds of ideas for a production set in modern times. It is gloriously preposterous even by operetta standards. A girl, Zanetta, accidentally breaks the nose off a wax figure of the Princess of Trébizonde and agrees to stand in for the figure herself. A prince (a pants role) -- who has dropped a lottery ticket into the till in lieu of paying admission -- falls in love with the "Princess." Meanwhile, the lottery ticket, with a castle as the prize, comes up a winner and overturns the relationships between rich and poor. The comic scenes thus spawned are handled with the needed high spirits by the cast and the several choruses (executed by Opera Rara's remarkable house chorus), and conductor Paul Daniel is ideal in this genre, consistently pushing the tempo just slightly in order to bring the forward momentum. This recording is based on a 2022 London production but is a "cast recording," not a live one, and it is quite clear sonically. La Princesse de Trébizonde has been recorded only twice before, once in Russian (!) and once for French radio in 1966; this sprightly performance is much needed.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
La Princesse de Trébizonde: Ouverture
00:06:40

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

2
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Introduction 'Entrez, messieurs et dames' (Chorus, le Directeur)
00:00:53

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

3
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Introduction 'Ce chateau mis en loterie' (Chorus)
00:01:25

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

4
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Introduction 'Messieurs, pretez-moi vos oreilles' (Tremolini, chorus)
00:01:49

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

5
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Dialogue 'Eh bien, Papa, il n'y a donc pas de seance' (Regina, Cabriolo, Paola, Zanetta)
00:00:45

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

6
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Couplets du nez casse 'Ah quel malheur' (Zanetta, Regina, Paola, Tremolini, Cabriolo)
00:02:12

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

7
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Dialogue 'La Princesse de Trébizonde, la merveille de ma collection' (Cabriolo, Regina, Tremolini, Paola)
00:00:25

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

8
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Chanson 'Quand je suis sur la corde raide' (Regina)
00:01:37

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

9
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Dialogue 'C'est bon ! La representation va commencer' (Cabriolo, Regina, Sparadrap, Raphael)
00:00:44

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

10
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Romance des tourterelles 'Une jeune fille passait' (Raphael)
00:02:06

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

11
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Dialogue 'Mais comment? Vous n'avez pas d'argent!' (Sparadrap, Raphael)
00:00:52

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

12
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Finale 'Ah Ce spectacle etait charmant' (Chorus, Zanetta, Cabriolo, Tremolini, Regina, le Directeur)
00:03:12

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

13
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Finale 'Treize cent treize' (Chorus, Cabriolo, Zanetta, Regina)
00:02:59

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

14
Offenbach: La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Finale 'Adieu, patron, moi je vous quitte' (Tremolini, Cabriolo, Regina, Paola)
00:01:01

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Josh Lovell, Tenor Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

15
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act I: Finale 'Adieu, baraque hereditaire' (Zanetta, Regina, Paola, Trémolini, Cabriolo, Chorus)
00:02:11

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

16
La Princesse de Trébizonde: Entracte to Act II
00:02:17

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

17
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Dialogue 'Ah Dame On rit pas souvent ici' (Regina, Paola, Cabriolo, Zanetta)
00:00:55

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

18
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Quintette des assiettes 'Oh ! Oui c'etait le bon temps' (Cabriolo, Tremolini, Zanetta, Regina, Paola)
00:03:24

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

19
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Dialogue 'Oh J'avais besoin de ca' (Cabriolo, Regina, Paola, Tremolini, Raphael, Zanetta, Sparadrap, Casimir)
00:01:12

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Josh Lovell, Tenor Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

20
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Choeur de chasse 'Voila un tas de chasseurs' (Cabriolo, Chorus, Paola, Zanetta, Regina, Tremolini)
00:01:40

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

21
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Dialogue 'Ils s'eloignent' (Raphael)
00:00:13

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

22
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Duo 'La voila' (Raphael, Zanetta)
00:05:34

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

23
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Dialogue 'Oui, mon cher amour' (Raphael, Zanetta, Casimir, Sparadrap)
00:00:33

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Josh Lovell, Tenor Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

24
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Couplets de la canne 'Me maquille-je comme on dit' (Casimir)
00:02:03

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Josh Lovell, Tenor Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

25
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Dialogue 'Vous etes bien connu, Prince' (Sparadrap, Casimir, Raphael)
00:00:34

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Josh Lovell, Tenor Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

26
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Couplets 'Elle est peinte admirablement' (Raphael)
00:01:58

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

27
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Dialogue 'Quand tu auras ta princesse' (Casimir, Raphael, Paola, Cabriolo)
00:01:09

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Josh Lovell, Tenor Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

28
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Finale 'Quoi, c'est le prince Casimir' (Chorus, Casimir, Cabriolo, Regina, Zanetta, Tremolini, Sparadrap, Paola)
00:01:17

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Josh Lovell, Tenor Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

29
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Finale 'Femme du grand Rhotomago' (Zanetta, Chorus)
00:02:33

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

30
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act II: Finale 'Mon bonheur est complet' (Chorus)
00:02:11

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

31
La Princesse de Trébizonde: Entracte to Act III
00:01:12

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

32
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Choeur des pages 'Ah quel ennui Quel sot metier' (Les pages)
00:01:04

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

33
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Couplets des pages 'Cet enfant manquait d'audace' (Les pages)
00:01:54

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

34
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Dialogue 'Mon papa part pour la chasse aux flambeaux' (Raphael)
00:00:15

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

35
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Romance 'Fleur qui se fane avant d'eclore' (Raphael)
00:02:24

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

36
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Dialogue 'Tada Nous voila en fete' (Cabriolo, Zanetta, Regina, Paola, Tremolini, Sparadrap)
00:00:24

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

37
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Choeur and couplets 'Voila le prince Casimir' (Cabriolo, Chorus, Casimir, Sparadrap, Raphael)
00:02:26

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Josh Lovell, Tenor Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

38
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Dialogue 'Vive le prince Casimir' (Sparadrap, Casimir)
00:00:22

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Josh Lovell, Tenor Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

39
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Ariette du mal de dents 'D'où vient cette crise soudaine' (Casimir, Raphael, Zanetta, Regina, Paola, Tremolini, Sparadrap, Chorus)
00:03:17

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Josh Lovell, Tenor Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

40
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: 'Tu souffres donc beaucoup' (Zanetta, Raphael, Casimir, Chorus)
00:00:06

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

41
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: 'Ah C'est trop souffrir' (Chorus)
00:00:23

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

42
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Dialogue 'Regina ! Ton pere' (Tremolini, Regina)
00:00:21

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

43
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Duo de l'enlevement 'Moment fatal, helas' (Tremolini, Regina)
00:03:23

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

44
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Ronde des pages 'Faisons notre ronde' (Les pages)
00:01:36

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

45
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Dialogue 'Ah J'entends le craquement d'une chaussure' (Paola, Regina, Zanetta, Sparadrap, Tremolini, Raphael)
00:00:38

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

46
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Morceau d'ensemble 'Nous voila Nous voila Nous voila' (Les pages, Sparadrap, Raphael, Zanetta, Tremolini)
00:01:53

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

47
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Morceau d'ensemble 'O malvoisie' (Raphael, Zanetta, Regina, Sparadrap, Tremolini, Chorus)
00:02:45

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

48
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Morceau d'ensemble 'La la la la' (Chorus)
00:01:33

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

49
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Dialogue 'Ecoutez, on a frappe' (Paola, Casimir, Sparadrap, Raphael, Regina, Cabriolo)
00:02:00

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, MainArtist - Loic Felix, Tenor Vocals - Antoinette Dennefeld, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Virginie Verrez, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Gay, Bass Vocals - Katia Ledoux, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

50
La Princesse de Trébizonde, Act III: Finale 'Allons Mariez-vous tous' (Casimir, Zanetta, Chorus)
00:01:08

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Paul Daniel, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Catherine Gillet, Soprano Vocals - Opera Rara Chorus, Chorus - Josh Lovell, Tenor Vocals - Christophe Mortagne, Tenor Vocals

© 2023 Opera Rara ℗ 2023 Opera Rara

Album review

The Opera Rara label and company, true to their name, resurrect forgotten operas. There is an abundance of those in the output of Jacques Offenbach, who wrote some 100 operettas and opéras bouffes, few of which are remembered today. Opera Rara made a good pick with La Princesse de Trébizonde (1869), and this release made classical best-seller charts in the autumn of 2023. Offenbach is as full of good, Arthur Sullivan-like tunes as ever, and he even discarded a number of them from the operetta's original production in Baden-Baden in the process of preparing a new version for Paris. Those discarded pieces are included here, and there could hardly be a better testimony to Offenbach's melodic fecundity. Better still is the action, taking place in a carnival sideshow and suggesting all kinds of ideas for a production set in modern times. It is gloriously preposterous even by operetta standards. A girl, Zanetta, accidentally breaks the nose off a wax figure of the Princess of Trébizonde and agrees to stand in for the figure herself. A prince (a pants role) -- who has dropped a lottery ticket into the till in lieu of paying admission -- falls in love with the "Princess." Meanwhile, the lottery ticket, with a castle as the prize, comes up a winner and overturns the relationships between rich and poor. The comic scenes thus spawned are handled with the needed high spirits by the cast and the several choruses (executed by Opera Rara's remarkable house chorus), and conductor Paul Daniel is ideal in this genre, consistently pushing the tempo just slightly in order to bring the forward momentum. This recording is based on a 2022 London production but is a "cast recording," not a live one, and it is quite clear sonically. La Princesse de Trébizonde has been recorded only twice before, once in Russian (!) and once for French radio in 1966; this sprightly performance is much needed.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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