Offenbach: Robinson Crusoe

COMPOSERS: Offenbach
LABELS: Opera Rara
WORKS: Robinson Crusoe
PERFORMER: John Brecknock, Yvonne Kenny, Roderick Kennedy, Sandra Browne, Alan OpieGeoffrey Mitchell Choir, RPO/Alun Francis
CATALOGUE NO: ORC 7 ADD
Forget Defoe’s wry parable of mercantile colonialism, Offenbach’s Crusoe, written in 1867, is a love story set against a background of pantomime pirates and cannibals. It is a succession of tuneful arias and ensembles performed with sparkle by Opera Rara (in Don White’s stylish translation). A strong cast communicates the fun, with some especially fine singing from Sandra Browne as Friday. William Humphreys-Jones

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