Jacques Offenbach: Le Voyage dans la Lune

Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval / Pierre Dumoussaud

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Jacques Offenbach: Le Voyage dans la Lune Review

by James Manheim

Jacques Offenbach did not call Le Voyage dans la Lune (1877) ("The Voyage to the Moon") an operetta or opéra-bouffe but rather an opéra-féerie, or fairy opera, which indicated a more elaborate production emphasizing scene design and special effects. The opera is based on a novel by Jules Verne. (Those who get the chance should also check out the silent film of this.) It was a huge success in its time, not only holding the stage for months in Paris but also being mounted in London and Vienna. It is easy to see why it disappeared from the repertory in the less sumptuous 20th century; no fewer than 647 costumes are required, not to mention a dromedary, a wind machine, and, ideally, a model of the moon for the front lobby. There are two full-scale ballets of dancing girls, one with chimeras and one with snowflakes. So this release from the Palazzetto Bru Zane label does a valuable service by reviving the work. It may seem like a specialist release with its hefty hardback "booklet," complete with purple bookmark and great graphics from the period, but it avoids the trap of many specialist releases: it is beautifully performed and sung. Violette Polchi heads the large cast in the soprano role of Prince Caprice, who would rather be free and easy than take over his father's (unspecified) kingdom, and the singers generally have the right mixture of tunefulness and appropriate put-on formality. However, the stars of the show are conductor Pierre Dumoussaud and the Choeur et Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie, who move things along briskly and keep the tongue firmly in cheek during such choruses as that of the Astronomers in Act I. One hopes that they might try Gilbert & Sullivan sometime. The whole thing is a delight, and it conveys the flavor of the vanished glittering world that produced Offenbach's work.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Le Voyage dans la Lune, Opera in 4 acts
1 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 06:37 Amazon
2 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:44 Amazon
3 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:51 Amazon
4 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:46 Amazon
5 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:30 Amazon
6 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:55 Amazon
7 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 03:04 Amazon
8 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:05 Amazon
9 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:41 Amazon
10 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:59 Amazon
11 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:53 Amazon
12 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:54 Amazon
13 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:40 Amazon
14 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:59 Amazon
15 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 03:03 Amazon
16 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:05 Amazon
17 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 04:58 Amazon
18 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:55 Amazon
19 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:50 Amazon
20 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:32 Amazon
21 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:51 Amazon
22 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:31 Amazon
23 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:10 Amazon
24 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:58 Amazon
25 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:22 Amazon
26 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:40 Amazon
27 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:54 Amazon
28 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:20 Amazon
29 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:39 Amazon
30 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:48 Amazon
31 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:42 Amazon
32 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:13 Amazon
33 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:09 Amazon
34 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:48 Amazon
35 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 03:08 Amazon
36 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:00 Amazon
37 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 04:39 Amazon
38 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:32 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Le Voyage dans la Lune, Opera in 4 acts
1 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:23 Amazon
2 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:47 Amazon
3 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 03:01 Amazon
4 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:33 Amazon
5 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 05:18 Amazon
6 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:37 Amazon
7 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:44 Amazon
8 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:25 Amazon
9 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:39 Amazon
10 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:10 Amazon
11 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:16 Amazon
12 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:46 Amazon
13 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:39 Amazon
14 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:24 Amazon
15 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:16 Amazon
16 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:43 Amazon
17 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 04:04 Amazon
18 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:42 Amazon
19 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 03:43 Amazon
20 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:35 Amazon
21 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:25 Amazon
22 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 04:10 Amazon
23 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 04:20 Amazon
24 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:21 Amazon
25 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:27 Amazon
26 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:21 Amazon
27 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:55 Amazon
28 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:13 Amazon
29 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:57 Amazon
30 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:06 Amazon
31 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 03:01 Amazon
32 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:22 Amazon
33 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 02:36 Amazon
34 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:38 Amazon
35 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:31 Amazon
36 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 03:32 Amazon
37 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:44 Amazon
38 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:32 Amazon
39 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:17 Amazon
40 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 04:27 Amazon
41 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 00:52 Amazon
42 Pierre Dumoussaud / Violette Polchi / Sheva Tehoval 01:21 Amazon
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