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Offenbach: La Périchole

From 19th to 22nd of December 2019
2h30 with intermission


Aude Extrémo La Périchole
François Rougier Piquillo
Alexandre Duhamel Don Andrès de Rebeira
Eric Huchet Don Miguel de Panatellas
Anas Seguin Don Pedro de Hinoyosa
Sebastian Monti First notary
François Pardailhé Second notary
Olivia Doray Cousin Guadalena, Lady in waiting Manuelita
Julie Pasturaud Cousin Berginalla, Lady in waiting Frasquinella
Marie-Thérèse Keller Lady in waiting Ninetta
Adriana Bignagni Lesca Cousin Mastrilla, Lady in waiting Brambilla

Chœur de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux
Les Musiciens du Louvre

Marc Minkowski Musical conductor
Salvatore Caputo Choirmaster
Romain Gilbert Dramaturgy and director
Mathieu Crescence Scenography and costumes
Émilie Valantin, Jean Sclavis Puppets
Lila Meynard, Bertrand Couderc Lights


Year 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Offenbach’s birth, German by birth, he became French by personal order of Napoleon III; all of France danced and sang to his music under the Second Empire. In 1868, he composed a new score for Meilhac and Halévy’s quite risqué libretto: La Périchole would soon meet with great success. The street singer and her lover Piquillo become the Viceroy of Peru’s playthings: charmed by the Perichole, he makes her his “lady-in-waiting” while his steward recruits Piquillo to marry the prince’s future favourite to save appearances: the (drunk) lovers are married without knowing!

Misunderstandings and twists and turns abound to sparkling music and end with the triumph of love and buffoonery. Marc Minkowski is a staunch Offenbach champion and will conduct the evening with his usual energy, in a staging by Romain Gilbert.

Coproduction Opéra National de Bordeaux, Bru Zane France.
Stages sets and costumes made by Ateliers de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux.
Available in the French opera collection of the Bru Zane label.

Show in French with surtitles in French and English


Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880)
La Périchole

Opera buffa with three acts on a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy from Mérimée's comedy Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement, created in 1868 in Paris.

Version in two acts.

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La Périchole © Vincent Begold

La Périchole © Vincent Begold

La Périchole © Vincent Begold

La Périchole © Vincent Begold


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