La belle Hélène

Jacques Offenbach

June 14, 2019 at 7:30pm
June 16, 2019 at 2:00pm
Huntington Avenue Theatre

La belle Hélène (The Beautiful Helen)

By Jacques Offenbach

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Fully staged, Performed in English


An irresistible opéra bouffe with a brilliant libretto, La belle Hélène wickedly parodies the well-known legend of Helen’s elopement with Paris. The dashing Prince of Troy wins Helen’s love with the assistance of a cunning oracle who outwits her husband and an assortment of royal Grecian heroes. With sparkling orchestral panache, some of Offenbach’s best-loved melodies, and an epidemic of marital infidelity, it’s no wonder this opera received over 700 performances when it premiered! Fans of our 2017 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, praised by The Boston Globe as, “a tour-de-force,” will be delighted as Odyssey Opera continues their exploration of comedic masterpieces from the nineteenth century.

“This is proof that…opera can certainly flourish in Boston.”


Cast and Creative

Ginger Costa-JacksonGinger Costa-Jackson
Helen, Queen of Sparta

Ben WagerBen Wager

Adam FisherAdam Fisher

David McFerrinDavid McFerrin
Agamemnon, King of Kings

Jaime KorkosJaime Korkos

Alan SchneiderAlan Schneider

Christian FigueroaChristian Figueroa
Achilles, King of Phthia

Steven GoldsteinSteven Goldstein
Ajax 1, King of Salamis

Gregory ZavrackyGregory Zavracky
Ajax 2, King of Locris

Mara BondeMara Bonde

Felicia GavilanesFelicia Gavilanes

Rachele SchmiegeRachele Schmiege

Frank KelleyFrank Kelley

Gil RoseGil Rose


Photos and video by Kathy Wittman / Ball Square Films.