Stephanie Blythe in La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein
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The last date listed for La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein was Tuesday May 4, 2010 / 7:30pm.
Currently at Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College:
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The opera will be sung in French with spoken dialogue in English; it will feature English titles throughout.
All performances feature a free talk one hour before curtain.
La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein is an iconic work from the master of the French operetta, Jacques Offenbach. It delivers everything that an Offenbach operetta is known for: sparkling melodies, sharp social satire, highly theatrical set pieces, and comic verve. The work had its premiere in 1867 to celebrate the Exposition Universelle in Paris. The visiting diplomats and dignitaries from around the world found themselves the targets of Offenbach’s satire as he skewered militarism, the caprices and obsessions of the ruling class, and “affairs of state,” as the Grand Duchess plots to first woo, and then (once she feels betrayed) murder, a young army officer.
Stephanie Blythe, a world-renowned opera star in the prime of her career, and Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year for 2009, makes her Boston stage debut as Offenbach’s devious and charming Grand Duchess, the ruler who can’t resist a man in uniform. Ms. Blythe has built her career in a variety of roles around the country (she was an acclaimed Grand Duchess in Philadelphia in 2004) but her star turn as Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Metropolitan Opera in 2009 elevated her to a new level of acclaim and renown. Appearances this season include a very well-received appearance as Mistress Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff in Seattle, her house debut as Azucena in Il trovatore for San Francisco Opera, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera in the three mezzo-soprano roles in Puccini’s Il trittico. Ms. Blythe’s most recent appearance in Boston was as the alto soloist in the BSO’s 2007 performances of Mahler’s Third Symphony.