Celebrating Offenbach

Celebrating Offenbach

ORB3 (Opera Rara, CD, 7 discs)

FIRST RELEASE (17 February 2023)

Playing time: 61'33"/65'06"/37'47"/51'17"/77'34"/76'39"/78'13" - TT 448'09"
Tracks: 13 + 12 + 10 + 17 + 30 + 20 + 21
Booklet pages: 40
℗ 2023 Opera Rara
© 2023 Opera Rara
Main country of recording: United Kingdom
Country of manufacture: Germany
Sent to a reviewer on 7 February 2023


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Robinson Crusoe)
Alun Francis, conductor (Robinson Crusoe)

Philharmonia Orchestra (Vert-Vert)
Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, leader (Vert-Vert)

Geoffrey Mitchell Choir (Entre Nous)
London Philharmonic Orchestra (Entre Nous)
David Parry, conductor (Vert-Vert and Entre Nous)

Jacques Offenbach (1792-1880):

Robinson Crusoe, opéra comique in three acts


Act I


Act II



Vert-Vert, opéra comique in three acts


Acte I


Acte II
Acte III

Entre Nous - excerpts from forgotten operas by Jacques Offenbach



Although he wrote over a hundred operas during his extraordinary career, only a fraction of Offenbach's output is regularly performed today. This boxset provides an introduction to more than twenty of the composer's lesser-known works, including the complete studio recordings of Vert-Vert and Robinson Crusoe, as well as a selection from some of his finest works, all performed by an impressive group of international stars including Jennifer Larmore, Toby Spence, Loic Félix and Laura Claycomb. Remastered to the best audio quality and featuring a specially commissioned essay by specialist Marco Ladd, these recordings will enchant Offenbach fans with their subtle charm and witty humour.

Recorded in August 1980 (Robinson Crusoe), September 2008 (Vert-Vert) and September 2006 (Entre Nous) at Henry Wood Hall, London, UK.