OP3179. LA BELLE HÉLÈNE (Offenbach), Broadcast Performance, w. Cariven Cond. RTF Radio-Lyrique Ensemble; Maria Murano, Claude Devos, Marcelle Sansonetti, Gaston Rey, Lucien Huberty, André Balbon, etc.; MARIA MURANO: Chanson Gitane (Yvain); Arias from La Périchole, Frasquita, Le Petit Faust, La Mascotte, Colombe & Le Prince de Madrid - recorded during Live Performance. (France) 2-Malibran 793. - 7600003777935
“LA BELLE HÉLÈNE is an opéra bouffe in three acts by Jacques Offenbach to an original French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. The operetta parodies the story of Helen's elopement with Paris, which set off the Trojan War. It was first performed at Paris' Théâtre des Variétés on 17 December, 1864, starring Hortense Schneider and José Dupuis. LA BELLE HÉLÈNE was an instant success with both the public and the critics and enjoyed an initial run of 700 performances.”
- Ned Ludd
“Maria Murano was a French lyric mezzo-soprano. She was most active postwar in the years between 1950 and 1970.
She started at the Paris Opéra shortly after World War II, then joined the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, where she became famous as Madame Alexandra in Jean-Michel Damase and Jean Anouilh's lyrical comedy COLOMBE in 1961. Later, she played opposite Luis Mariano in LE PRINCE DE MADRID and Ivan Rebroff in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.”