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Belle Hélène, La (Park/Hanmer)

Genre Comedy/Satire
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Composer Jacques Offenbach
Lyricist New Lyrics by Phil Park
Book By New Book by Phil Park
 
Other Credits Music Adapted and Arranged by Ronald Hanmer; Based on the original work by H Meilhac and L Halevy
Format Operetta
Type Full Length
Status Available (?This work is currently available for application in Australia and New Zealand subject to our standard Terms of Use.)
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Short Synopsis

The second - and equally famous - of Offenbach’s highly diverting satires on a well-known legend. The action takes place (without any regard for credibility) in unspecified ancient times in a unlikely ancient Greece, and concerns the abduction of the fair Helen by the Prince of Troy - aided and abetted by a wily oracle-worker, who outwits Helen’s much deceived husband and an assortment of royal Grecian heroes. The score includes some of Offenbach’s best-loved melodies.

Rehearsal Materials

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LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) REHEARSAL SET (SALE ONLY)

  • 1 × All Rehearsal material for Sale

Orchestral Materials

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Orchestral Materials on Hire

LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) ORCHESTRAL SET

  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) PIANO/CONDUCTOR SCORE
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) FLUTE
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) OBOE
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) CLARINET I
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) CLARINET II
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) BASSOON
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) HORN I
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) HORN II
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) TRUMPET I
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) TRUMPET II
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) TROMBONE I
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) TROMBONE II
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) PERCUSSION
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) HARP
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) VIOLA
  • 3 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) VIOLIN I
  • 2 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) VIOLIN II
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) CELLO
  • 1 × LA BELLE HELENE (PARK/HANMER) BASS

PERFORM WITH PIANO ONLY

Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Minimal/None

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Detailed Synopsis

Sparta. Preparations for the celebration mourning Adonis are under way. Helen of Sparta appears, accompanied by the mourners, and confides to High Priest Calchas that she is obsessed with Paris, whom Venus has promised the most beautiful woman in the world - her! Calchas sends Helen away and, as he is preparing a sacrifice, a shepherd arrives and then a dove, carrying a letter.

Venus has written to Calchas, commanding him to procure for Paris the love of Helen, as promised to him by Venus. Dumbfounded, Calchas recognises the shepherd as Paris, son of King Priam. Helen appears, and falls in love with Paris at first sight. The kings of Greece, the two Ajaxes, the hot-headed Achilles and King Menelaus (the King of Sparta and Helen’s husband), are present for the day of intelligence, but it is Paris who is triumphant in the competition to find the sharpest mind. He is awarded the prize by a quaking Helen. Menelaus then invites him to dinner.

Paris wants to be alone with Helen and Calchas arranges it for him, with a simulated thunderbolt and improvised prophecy ordering the King to spend a month in the mountains of Crete. Helen tries to resist her attraction to Paris, but asks Calchas for a dream in which she sees Paris. As she falls asleep, Paris enters her bedroom disguised as a slave. Helen thinks she is dreaming and the two begin to kiss. Unfortunately, they are interrupted by Menelaus, who returns unexpectedly. He is seething with rage and asks for the kings to come. However much Helen and Paris explain that a husband should not return home without warning, he does not listen. Paris is sent to Troy, but threatens that he will return.

Venus takes revenge by forcing an erotic frenzy on the people of Greece. Menelaus invites the High Priest of Venus from Cythera to make amends. The priest arrives on a boat and announces that only if Helen goes with him on a short journey will Venus forgive them. Menelaus accepts. Helen recognises the Priest to be Paris and eventually accepts. They sail away. Helen now belongs to Paris, thus precipitating the Trojan War.

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Rehearsal Materials

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Orchestral Materials

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