Thursday, June 20, 2013
Dance the can-can to Jacques Offenbach
It is the birthday of German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach (1819), who is remembered for his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann, and for his numerous operettas. His works continue to be popular among contemporary opera audiences. Here is the overture to his first operetta, Orpheus in the Underworld (1858), one of his most popular works, which includes the Infernal Galop associated with the French can-can dance.