Offenbach: Operas & Operettas Collection
Available as CD
Michel Plasson, Sylvain Cambreling, John Eliot Gardiner, Willy Mattes, Teresa Berganza, José Carreras, Régine Crespin, Nicolai Gedda, Mady Mesplé, Ann Murray, Jessye Norman, Jane Rhodes, Anneliese Rothenberger, Neil Shicoff, José van Dam
He was born in Cologne, but it was in Paris that Jacques Offenbach achieved fame.
He was born in Cologne, but it was in Paris that Jacques Offenbach achieved fame. A special feature of this 30-CD collection are star-studded recordings in both French and German of his most celebrated operettas – works that overflow with joie de vivre and satirical wit – and of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, an opera that daringly fuses fantasy, comedy and tragedy. It also includes irresistibly stylish performances of such tempting rarities as Les Brigands, Pomme d’Api, Monsieur Choufleuri and Mesdames de la Halle.