OP0041. LA BELLE HÉLÈNE (Offenbach), Broadcast Performance, 1948, w.Gressier Cond. Fanely Revoil, Louis Arnoult, Willy Clément, etc. (France) Malibran 546. Final Copy! - 3760003775462
“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
"Fanély Revoil was a French singer who had a major career in opera and operetta between 1950 and 1989. In 1933, she made her first appearances in Paris, at the Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin in small roles before creating Madame Dubarry in the French premiere of LA DUBARRY. Following this success, others followed including Paris premieres of creations in VALSES DE VIENNE (1933), LE TZAREWITCH (1935), UN COUP DE VEINE (1935), AU SOLEIL DU MEXIQUE (1935) and LA BELLE TRAVERSEE (1937).
After the Porte Saint Martin she made her debut at the Opéra-Comique (creating the role of Lucine in LE TESTAMENT DE LA TANTE CAROLINE), and although never a member of the company she sang regularly with them for ten years, including Lazuli in L'ETOILE, la Guimard in FRAGONARD and the title role in CIBOULETTE. Revoil appeared many times at the Theatre du Chatelet, in SOLEIL DU MEXIQUE, NINA ROSA, ROSE-MARIE, and created the title role in LA MARÉCHALE SANS-GÊNE there in 1948. At the Theatre des Champs-Elysées she performed in the premiere of VIRGINIE DEJAZET in 1946.
She made many foreign tours (Portugal, Netherlands, Italy, Britain) often alongside Willy Clément. After retiring from the stage she taught operetta singing at the Paris Conservatoire. As well as the 1941 recording of excerpts from L'ETOILE under Roger Désormière and the complete 1948 recording of THE TALES OF HOFFMANN under André Cluytens, Revoil sang in many French radio recordings of operettas and opéra-comiques during the 1950s, and appeared in the film LES DEUX GAMINES in 1936."