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Ludovic Halévy (libretto)
Henri Meilhac (libretto)
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  (in credits order)
Vesselina Kasarova ... Hélène, Queen of Sparta
Deon van der Walt ... Pâris, Son of King Priam
Carlos Chausson ... Calchas, High Priest of Jupiter
Volker Vogel ... Menelaus, King of Sparta
Oliver Widmer ... Agamemnon, King of Argos
Liliana Nikiteanu ... Orestes, Son of Agamemnon (as Liliana Nichiteanu)
Ruben Amoretti ... Ajax I., King of Salamis
Cheyne Davidson ... Ajax II., King of Locris
Steve Davislim ... Achilles, King of Phtiotis
Ruth Rohner ... Bacchis, Helen's Attendant
Ulrika Precht ... Leona, a Courtesan
Lisa Larsson ... Parthenis, a Courtesan
Karl Adam ... Philicome, Calchas' Attendant
Jean-Paul Beglin ... Euthycles
Jakob Baumann ... Slave

Directed by
Hartmut Schottler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ludovic Halévy  libretto
Henri Meilhac  libretto

Costume Design by
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac 
Music Department
Nikolaus Harnoncourt .... conductor
Nikolaus Harnoncourt .... musical director
Jacques Offenbach .... music by

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124 min
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Delightful entertainment, 7 October 2012
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

La Belle Helene is one of Offenbach's very finest works, and this Zurich production is delightful in every way imaginable. Helene's costumes are unflattering, but the sets are more than decent, some may consider them uninspired but I found them delightfully strange. The staging is sparkling and never lags in energy. The musical values are even better, with stylish and beautifully balanced orchestral playing and Nikolaus Harnencourt's conducting is musical and authoritative and doesn't plod as badly as it can do. All the performances are just wonderful. Deon Van Der Welt, a great talent who died in very tragic circumstances when he had so much more to give, is a very well-sung Paris with a gift for comedy. Vesselina Kasarova's Helene is alluring to watch, with purring low notes and soaring high notes. Liliana Nikiteanu is very moving as Oreste, I do like the rich quality of her voice. The Chalcas of Carlos Chausson is a riot, he is wickedly funny(qualities he also brought to his Bartolo and Alfonso) and he sings with a warm, sonorous tone. In conclusion, entertaining and delightful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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