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Blackheath Halls Opera 2019: Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène



Ruth Rikowski is singing in the Chorus for this event.


TUE 16, WED 17 & FRI 19 JUL 7pm | Great Hall
SUN 21 JUL 2.30pm | Great Hall

La belle Hélène: Opéra Comique in Three Acts
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Libretto by Henri Meillac and Ludovic Halévy
English Version by Jeremy Sams
Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

Director James Hurley
Conductor Christopher Stark
Designer April Dalton
Lighting Designer Ben Pickersgill

Helen Ellie Laugharne
Paris Oliver Johnston
Calchas Ben McAteer
Menelaus Joe Shovelton
Agamemnon Nicholas Merryweather
Oreste Rachel Maby**
Achilles Lars Fischer**
Bacchis Megan Linnell**
Parthenis Shana Moron Caravel**
Leona Gemma Wahl**
Ajax 1/Ajax 2 Michael Collins/Alexander White**
Blackheath Halls Opera Company
Blackheath Halls Orchestra

Blackheath Halls Opera is thrilled to present this exciting production of La belle Hélène on the 200th anniversary of Jacques Offenbach’s birth. This performance brings together a cast of world-class professional singers, talented vocal students from Trinity Laban and committed local amateur performers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, united in their passion for music-making.

La belle Hélène tells the tale of the abduction of the fair Helen by the Paris, Prince of Troy. He is aided and abetted by the wily high priest, Calchas, who outwits Helen’s much deceived husband, Menelaus, as well as an assortment of bumbling Greek heroes. The score includes some of Offenbach’s best-loved melodies.

Whether you are a seasoned concert-goer, or have never been to an opera before in your life, there is not a better place to start than with La belle Hélène.

“The quality of performance plus the community engagement is a wonderful combination. It must be close to unique.”Audience feedback, Opera 2018

TICKETS: £19 | £17 conc. | £6 under 12s
Running Time: approx. 150 mins including interval

** Vocal student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance


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