France's famed Opéra Comique makes its U.S. debut with Jacques Offenbach's high-kicking and farcical operetta that celebrates the grand spectacle and sensual sophistication of Paris in the 1860s. Scorned by a beautiful courtesan, a young playboy plots an elaborate practical joke on a Swedish baron, newly arrived in the City of Lights, in order to seduce his wife. With the help of a Brazilian millionaire, the prankster's extravagant machinations sweep everyone from Paris's glittering nightlife to an elegant villa, where servants are disguised as their masters and trollops masquerade as society ladies. Cultures and attitudes soon collide in a helter-skelter kaleidoscope of comical impersonations, clever deceptions, and dazzling song and dance numbers, all brought to magnificent life by Offenbach's glorious music. Directed by Jerome Savary, the production will be performed in French with English Surtitles. Contains brief
nudity. Part of the Kennedy Center-wide Festival of France
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