OP3187. LE VOYAGE DE LA LUNE, Broadcast Performance, 20 Nov., 1961, w.Kreder Cond. Claudine Collart, Joseph Peyron, Lucien Lovano & Michel Hamel; LE VOYAGE DE MESSIEURS DUNANAN PÈRE ET FILS, Broadcast Performance, 6 Feb., 1956, w.Bervily Cond. Christiane Harbell, Nicole Broissin, Jean Giraudeau, etc. (both Offenbach). (France) Malibran 786. - 7600003777867
“LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (A Trip to the Moon) is an opéra-féerie in four acts and 23 scenes by Jacques Offenbach. Loosely based on the novel FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON by Jules Verne, its French libretto was by Albert Vanloo, Eugène Leterrier and Arnold Mortier. It premiered on 26 October 1875 at the Théâtre de la Gaîté. The production was revived at the Théâtre du Châtelet, on 31 March 1877.
Albert Vanloo and Eugène Leterrier, in association with Arnold Mortier (columnist at FIGARO), wrote the libretto. They were hoping for a repeat of the success of the novels of Jules Verne (another, the novel LE TOUR DU MONDE EN QUATRE-VINGT JOURS, had been adapted for the stage at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin by Verne himself in 1874) and the public taste for grand spectacles.
No expense had been spared on the scenery - the 24 majestic sets by Cornil, Fromont and Chéret replicated places (such as the Observatory of Paris, a high-furnace, a lunar passage or a volcano) and created original architectural conceits (such as a glass palace or mother-of-pearl galleries). The use of ‘trucs’, trap-doors and artifices accentuated the surprise-effects on the spectators. The producers even borrowed a dromedary from the Jardin d'Acclimatation. The 673 costumes were designed by Alfred Grévin, and the two ballets choreographed by M. Justament.
LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE left its mark on the year in which it first appeared: seven Parisian winter revues in 1875-1876 made reference to it.
LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE was also put on in London, at the Alhambra Theatre, on 15 April 1876, and Vienna, at the Theater an der Wien, on 16 April 1876. The last performance at the Théâtre de la Gaîté occurred on 25 April 1876 after 185 performances and 965,000 francs in ticket receipts.”