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03 December 2022 (Sat), 19:00 Chamber Stage Boris Pokrovsky Theatre on Nikolskaya Street - Opera Jacques Offenbach "La Perichole" Opera buffa in two acts

Schedule for Jacques Offenbach "La Perichole" Opera buffa in two acts 2022

Music Director: Philipp Chizhevsky 
Stage Director and Set Designer: Philipp Gregorian 
Costume Designer: Vlada Pomirkovannaya 
Choreographer: Anna Abalikhina 
Dramatist: Ilya Kukharenko


La Périchole is an opéra bouffe in three acts by Jacques Offenbach. Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy wrote the French-language libretto based on the 1829 one-act play Le carrosse du Saint-Sacrement by Prosper Mérimée, which was revived on 13 March 1850 at the Théâtre-Français. Offenbach was probably aware of this production, as he conducted the orchestra of the Comédie-Française from around this time. Another theatrical creation that pre-dates Offenbach's opéra bouffe and may have influenced the piece is a farce by Desforges and Théaulon given on 21 October 1835 at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal.

La Périchole's title character is based on Micaela Villegas, a beloved 18th-century Peruvian entertainer and the famous mistress of Manuel de Amat y Juniet, Viceroy of Peru from 1761 to 1776. The story concerns two impoverished Peruvian street-singers, too poor to afford a marriage license, and a lecherous viceroy, Don Andrès de Ribeira, who wishes to make La Périchole his mistress.

The score is in what Andrew Lamb calls Offenbach's "most charming", rather than satirical style, with boleros, seguidillas and galops to provide the exotic backdrop. Highlights include La Périchole's letter song, O mon cher amant; her "tipsy" aria, Ah! quel dîner!; and (for the 1874 revision) her third-act aria to Piquillo, Tu n'es pas beau, tu n'es pas riche, Offenbach's last major song for Hortense Schneider.

Schedule for Jacques Offenbach "La Perichole" Opera buffa in two acts 2022

“La Perichole” – premiere (Opera buffa in two acts)
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