“Fantasio” is illuminated by Marianne Crebassa

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The preparation of Princess Elsbeth’s wedding is one of the pretty moments of the evening, photo Pierre-Grosbois

The first Opéra Comique production, after a few years of closing down, Fantasio, was much anticipated and my fears of Thomas Jolly’s direction were somewhat calmed down by the fabulous interpretation of Marianne Crebassa, a French mezzo soprano whose Spanish grandfather used to sing while picking grapes near Béziers.

Fantasio, Marianne Crebassa and Princess Elsbeth, Marie- Eve Munger, photo Pierre-Grosbois

The thirty year old revelation has followed a classical but steady path to stardom. And the recent Victoires de la musique awarded her the Best lyric artist of the year title.

She had already been noticed in 2010 in Montpellier for her part in Bernard Herrmann’s “Wuthering Heights”. Cercle Carpeaux awarded her their Prize in 2012 after she completed her studies at Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra and singing Haendel’s “Tamerlano” in Salzburg was her true International debut with Marc Minkowski.

Marinoni (Loïc Félix) and the Prince of Mantova (Jean Sébastien Bou)are excellent in their interchanging parts, photo Pierre-Grosbois

Her mezzo soprano voice has led her to acting many « transvestites » parts such as this “Fantasio” where she excels under Laurent Campellone’s direction.
I intensely disliked the black decors and black costumes (except for the Bouffon’s) but was very happily surprised by the quality of all voices including Marinoni’s Loïc Félix (who will sing Lakmé in Marseille in May) and Marie-Eve Munger in the Princess’s role.

Marianne Crebassa is the revelation of Fantasio at theâtre du Châtelet, ©SimonFowler

Fantasio, a long forgotten Offenbach opera, is at the Châtelet until February 27 and is well worth attending to discover the quality of a new generation of French singers.

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2 Comments on ““Fantasio” is illuminated by Marianne Crebassa”

  1. I just watched the young lady on you tube and she is wonderful . Thanks for the tip. Her field is competitive but i bet she will continue to do well . Best to one and all. Georges .

  2. You are fully right regarding the voices – I went on purpose last night to listen to Marianne Crebassa, our brilliant good looking Prix Carpeaux recipient. But it certainly is not one of the best Offenbach’s operas. And not the best production altogether. Too bad !

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