A lost gem revived after 140 years – New Sussex Opera
Spokesperson Ruth Loughton said: “Filled with catchy tunes and featuring a hilarious new translation specially commissioned by New Sussex Opera, Belle Lurette is a little-known gem, written at the very end of the composer’s life in 1880. Surprisingly, it hasn’t been performed in this country for almost 140 years.We think it’s worth it.Belle Lurette follows two recent productions of Offenbach from New Sussex Opera which both received accolades. fantastic reviews in the press.The New Sussex Opera Chorus is joined by top professional opera singers and with an orchestra led by Toby Purser under the direction of David Foster.It is fully staged and costumed.It will be in touring three venues in Sussex with a final performance in London Our directors are Paul Featherstone, Robin Bailey, Michael Ferguson, Giles Davies, Kristin Finnigan, Georgina Stalbow, Cameron Mitchell, Tristan Stocks and Rebecca Hughes.
Belle Lurette has not been staged in the UK for 140 years. Amazingly, Offenbach wrote it at the same time he was writing The Tales of Hoffmann, when he was dying. The orchestration was completed by Delibes and it had its first performance a month after his death.
Kevin Clarke of the Operetta Research Center said: “The music is beautiful. In all directions. For someone who wrote this score on his deathbed, the brilliance and melody of each number is remarkable. And I mean really remarkable.
“The Laundress Chorus is a grand party of splashes and sonic foam. The sets are constructed with masterful care. And Lurette’s big solos have a bounce that will knock you out”. £35, £32, £29; 20 November (two performances) at 3pm and 7.30pm Old Market, Hove £37, £31; November 25, Eastbourne, Devonshire Park Theater at 7pm £38, £33, £28; December 6, Bloomsbury Theatre, London at £7.30 55, £44, £33, £28.
Reservations at www.newsussexopera.org.