by Jacques Offenbach at Staatsoper Hamburg

"...The director-cum-choreographer Renaud Doucet and his designer André Barbe are French Canadians, and this show has an effervescence to rival Laurent Pelly’s scintillating version with Marc Minkowski at the Châtelet in Paris..."

R. Lawrence - Gramophone



"During the Overture a middle class petit bourgeois couple from the mid 1960’s, later seen as Hélène and Ménélas, are boarding a cruise ship.
Ménélas, more interested in buying cheap antique male statuary reproductions, is clearly neglecting his wife..."

A. Barbe & R. Doucet     (View Full Text)


La Belle Hélène was presented on ARTE and is now available on DVD.



Lighting Designer : Guy Simard
Photos : Klaus Lefebvre
Video : Staatsoper Hamburg