Recenzje napisala i przyslala
FINALLY ON DISC AND COMPLETE
Offenbach aficionados may rejoice. Here is the first complete recording of his opéra comique in 3 acts, 4 tableaux, Fantasio It is based on Alfred de Musset 1834 stage play of ther same title. The musical version was not a big success at the time of its premiere at the Salle Favart in Paris, in January 1872, but like so many Offenbach titles, Fantasio was nonetheless produced at the Theater an der Wien a month later, it was also seen in Graz and Prague in October 1872, and Berlin in 1873. A revival, in a new version, was mounted in Magdeburg in June 1927 as Der Narr der Prinzessin. Then, it seems, it was forgotten for a long time.
Offenbach later re-used the chorus of students from the first act of Fantasio in The Tales of Hoffmann, where it becomes the famous student chorus in the prologue, and the voice of Antonia’s mother in act 3 of Hoffmann enters with a theme from the overture of Fantasio. So at least two tunes from Fantasio have become very well known, in a new context.
12 years ago, Anne Sofie von Otter recorded two numbers from Fantasio for her wonderful Offenbach album on Deutsche Grammophon. I remember thinking, back then, how much I would love to hear the complete score after von Otter’s dazzling rendition of the “Ballad to the Moon” and the big love duett. What fascinating music!