For its 14th edition, the Offenbach d’Etretat festival celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of the famous composer who maintained a special link with the Norman seaside city.
Until 10 August, Etretat will host the 14th Offenbach festival. An appointment even more awaited in this year when we celebrate the 200 years of the birth of the famous composer of La Belle Hélène. The occasion to recall the artist’s attachment to this seaside city where he stayed and found inspiration.
Almost every summer and until his death in 1880, the composer stayed here with his family. He also gives large receptions frequented by Georges Bizet and Gustave Doré but also improvised concerts, costume balls, literary salons and theatrical evenings.In 1861, a fire caused extensive damage that forced the villa to be rebuilt the following year. The rooms are named after the emblematic works of Offenbach: La Belle Hélène, La Vie parisienne, La Jolie parfumeuse…
But bicentenary obliges, the 14th edition pays tribute to the works that made the success of Offenbach (La vie parisienne, la Belle Hélène, Orphée aux enfers et autre Grande Duchesse…) through a show, L’anniversaire, created by Yves Coudray, the artistic director of the festival. The story? ” All the characters who have already played at the Etretat festival gather to create a great meal for the 200 years of Offenbach who will perhaps join them in the evening “explains with a little mystery who is also a director. The performance will take place on August 10 at the Villa Orphée and will be followed by a ball-concert.
“What Offenbach likes is his caustic spirit and his very cheerful and modern music.”
~ Jean-Baptiste Renié, President of the Association of the Friends of Offenbach