The original production at the Théatre de la Gaité featured 42 principals, 100 choristers, and 100 dancers- these days, the chances are you won’t see that sort of cast outside of a school production. Economies of scale have scaled us back a bit but the driving comedy of the piece works best when we focus on the central players and the drama of the eternal love tri- well, it’s more of a rhomboid; three men squabbling over a woman who’s not particularly taken with any of them.
Yes, it’s silly; yes, deep down it’s superficial. But it’s filled with glorious tunes and wonderful heart. Offenbach nails the argument against propriety by proving just how much fun can be found in bohemian abandon.
State Opera Chorus
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra