July 28, 30 and August 1, 8 p.m.
Théâtre La Bordée
The Festival d’opéra is teaming up again this year with Jeunesses Musicales Canada to bring you Jacques Offenbach’s famous operetta, La belle Hélène.
The goddess Venus promises Paris the love of Helen, the beautiful queen of Sparta, despite her being married to king Menelaus. This famous opéra bouffe in three acts tells the story of Pâris’ ridiculous schemes to win Helen’s love, and Helen’s half-hearted attempts to elude the handsome prince’s advances. Together with Alain Gauthier’s wonderful staging, a cast comprising some of Canada’s finest young operatic talents will bring this chaotic, uproarious, witty production to life.
Music : Jacques Offenbach
Libretto : Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Sung in French with French and English surtitles.
Stage Director : Alain Gauthier
Musical Director : Louise-Andrée Baril
Set, Costume, and Accessory Designer : Pierre-Luc Boudreau
Lighting Designer : Pauline Schwab
Make-up Designer : Élène Pearson
Assistant to the Stage Director and Stage Manager : Chloé Ekker
In collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales Canada