La belle Helene

BY Jacques Offenbach

Presented by Odyssey Opera
Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre
6/14/19 & 6/16/19


An opéra bouffe in three acts by Jacques Offenbach with an original French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, La belle Hélène parodies the well-known legend of Helen's elopement with Paris, which set off the Trojan War. When this masterpiece premiered in 1864, it was an outstanding success, receiving 700 performances!  Venus has decreed that Paris, in the guise of a shepherd, shall win the most beautiful woman in the world in a competition: undoubtedly, Menelaus's wife Helen. She tries to resist Paris's love but their fate is, well, fate--we all know how this story will end. Filled with a wealth of melodic creativity, some of Offenbach's best loved melodies, and an epidemic of marital infidelity, we end our season with a satirical bang!     

Run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission.

The Huntington