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Champagne Tears

Cancelled autumn 2020

Champagne Tears

Flamboyant elegance with a poignant sting.

Music by Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880). Text by Mats-Arne Larsson.

Performed in Swedish.

Champagne Tears is a mini operetta that explores the life of composer Jacques Offenbach, accompanied by his music. Offenbach was a master at parodying his contemporary world – which he did with exuberant, melodious music. The operetta’s entertaining and touching plot is based on actual events from the composer’s life. Who and what inspired him to create our best-loved operetta tunes? 

At Offenbach’s side was his closest friend and dearest enemy, the eminent prima donna Hortense Schneider, for whom he created several leading roles. The two were often at loggerheads, but their friendship lasted a lifetime despite war, geographical distance and fierce critics.

Jacques Offenbach and soprano Hortense Schneider are portrayed by The Göteborg Opera's popular and acclaimed soloists Åke Zetterström and Carolina SandgrenChampagne Tears is Zetterström’s directorial debut. Musical artist Ingahlill Wagelin acts as a narrator guiding us through the story. The music is borrowed from favourite operettas including La belle Hélène, Offenbach’s big breakthrough work, Orpheus in the Underworld and his opera The Tales of Hoffmann.

The production will tour venues in Västra Götaland, including the Göteborg Opera’s Small Stage.

Runs until spring 2021.

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