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Operettas - Released January 11, 2019 | Alpha

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The elegant Jodie Devos puts her talents to work in service of a fairly unknown known side of Offenbach, taking on several somewhat-forgotten pieces which call for very specific voices, known in Offenbach’s day by names such as "chanteuse d’agilité", "chanteuse à roulade" or "première chanteuse légère". Of course, everyone knows the tune of the doll Olympia from Tales of Hoffmann, or the telling of the death of Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld, but the substantial repertoire of the composer's smaller pieces (which he generally referred to as "operettas" to distinguish them from his larger works, his famous opéras bouffe) contains a number of virtuoso arias for coloratura soprano. In them, we hear the vocal imitation of the jeu perlé piano technique or of Paganini's "flying staccato", in which unstinting bravura hides the real difficulty behind something apparently easy. But the difference from many bel canto composers, who merely show off vocals and melody, is that Offenbach knows how to charge these things with emotion, with textual significance, with personality, and with contrasts: simple mechanics never take precedence over diversity. This record allows us to discover a neat little collection of sadly little-known works which are well overdue a return to the French stage. © SM/Qobuz

Operettas - Released December 14, 2018 | Jube Classic

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Operettas - Released May 4, 2018 | Profil

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Operettas - Released January 25, 2018 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Operettas - Released January 19, 2018 | Jube Classic

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Operettas - Released December 29, 2017 | AAO Music

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Operettas - Released June 23, 2017 | sound of music records

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Operettas - Released June 9, 2017 | Klarthe

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Operettas - Released February 24, 2017 | CPO

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Operettas - Released July 1, 2008 | Hv.Com

Operettas - Released January 20, 2017 | CPO

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Operettas - Released October 13, 2016 | Kreativ-Music

Operettas - Released June 3, 2016 | CPO

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Operettas - Released February 26, 2016 | RCA Records Label

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Operettas - Released February 26, 2016 | RCA Classics

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Operettas - Released February 26, 2016 | RCA Classics

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Operettas - Released February 26, 2016 | RCA Classics

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Operettas - Released February 26, 2016 | RCA Records Label

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Operettas - Released February 26, 2016 | RCA Records Label

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Operettas - Released December 16, 2015 | PAVLIK RECORDS