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|Garsington Opera's La Périchole bubbles and delights|
|The West End/Broadway musical is alive and well, raking in millions with its blend of light music, song and dance routines and not-too-taxing drama. But its spiritual ancestor, the operetta, is an unfashionable beast. Offenbach's weighty Tales of Hoffmann gets produced many times more often than his most popular operetta (Orpheus in the Underworld) and the others languish far behind, which makes Jeremy Sams's new production and translation of La Périchole for Garsington Opera into an unusual event.
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