Specialist of the work of Offenbach, Jean-Christophe Keck directs the monumental critical edition Offenbach Edition Keck for Boosey & Hawkes.

LE FIGARO. – What does he want to Offenbach for the new year?

Jean-Christophe KECK . – First, that it remains what it is. Namely, the only composer of the operetta the French to be maintained at the top of the poster, alongside its main rivals are the Austrian Franz Lehar and Johann Strauss. Then it rest itself. That is to say, that it is respected in its integrity, the more pure. In his lifetime, already, he hardly liked that one “tripatouille” of its partitions.

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This bicentenary should allow him to conquer new territories?

I hope so. Offenbach was a composer of international, it is one of the reasons for its success. It was very european in its influences, where one could recognize Verdi, Rossini, Wagner or Mendelssohn, of which he …

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