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“Ah, que j’aime les militaires!” March 23, 2007

Posted by Jeff in French, Jacques Offenbach, Opera, Régine Crespin, Theater.
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Régine Crespin, arguably the greatest French soprano since World War II, in one of her signature roles, the entrance aria of the title character in Jacques Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein.

Anne Sophie von Otter has a ways to go to match Crespin’s brio, and she’s arguably too young for the role, but boy is she sexy …

As much of an Offenbach fan as I may be, there’s not all that much more to this operetta than this aria. Los Angeles Opera offered a lackluster production in 2005 (directed by Garry Marshall, of all people).

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