Just as in "Orpheus in the Underworld", this opera-travesty by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) also uses an ancient Greek subject as a means of caricaturing contemporary social and political issues. The main target of Offenbach's barbs are the unscrupulousness and moral decline of France's "Second Empire". The action of the ancient saga of gods and heroes is stripped of its loftiness and parodistically reduced to an ironic display of very human motivations, weaknesses and excesses. With Anna Moffo (Helena), René Kollo (Paris), Josef Meinrad (Menelaos), Iwan Rebroff (Kalchas), Harald Serafin (Achilles). Conductor: Franz Allers - Stage director: Axel von Ambesser.