Theatro São Pedro premieres the operetta “Ba-ta-clan”, by Jacques Offenbach

The show, which opens on October 8, has the musical direction of André dos Santos and the stage and dramaturgy direction of Rogério Tarifa. The show will also be streamed over the Internet.


The São Pedro Theater, an institution of the Government of the State of São Paulo and the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the State, managed by the social organization Santa Marcelina Cultura, premieres in October the operetta Ba-ta-clan, by the native French composer German Jacques Offenbach (1819-1890).


With performances on October 8, 9 and 10, the show is directed musically by André dos Santos, who leads the São Pedro Theater Youth Orchestra, stage direction and dramaturgy by Rogério Tarifa, scenography by Marcelo Larrea, lighting by Marisa Bentivegna, costumes by Juliana Bertolini and visagismo by Tiça Camargo.


The show also has a cast made up of singers from the São Pedro Theater Opera Academy. Giulia Moura and Janaina Lemos take turns playing Fé-an-nich-ton. The tenors Felipe Bertol and Francisco Garrido interpret Ké-ki-ka-ko and Fé-ni-han, respectively. Isaque Oliveira is Ko-ko-ri-ko and Guilherme Gimenes is the Head of the Conspirators. The show will also feature the participation of a choir titled O Coro dos Conjurados.


For the conception of the show, Rogério Tarifa started from the concept of musical act-show. “This concept creates a staging whose main objective is to build a poetic field of action that goes beyond the stage space and involves the viewer. Those who watch are invited to reflect with the interpreters ”, highlights the director.




Marked by light music, contagious dance rhythms, spoken dialogue, light and fun themes, with ironic texts, the operetta can be considered a precursor of the current musical. Jacques Offenbach, with his agility to reflect and satirize everyday themes, became a master in the genre and composed 98 titles.


At Ba-ta-clan, Offenbach worked with his main creative partner: Ludovic Halévy (1834-1908), who signed the libretto. The operetta was performed for the first time in Paris in December 1855, at the Teatro dos Bufos Parisienses, and immediately won over the public. Ba-ta-clan soon made an international career; as Tschin-Tschin, it was performed at the Caltheater, Vienna, in 1860, and arrived in London in 1865, under the name Ching Chow Hi. In 1864, in honor of the operetta, the Bataclan was inaugurated, which became one of the main theaters in the French capital.


The musical director of the assembly, André dos Santos, highlights that the operetta has characteristics of great vocal virtuosity, as well as funny onomatopoeia and great irony to the genre of dramatic and romantic opera of the time. Always with a fierce criticism of political events. “This is perhaps the greatest challenge for young people at the Opera Academy as singer-actors: great control of the body and vocal technique, diction and articulation, imagination and creativity. The public can expect a dynamic, fun, funny and committed show ”, highlights the director.


Defined by the authors as a chinoiserie (Western interpretation and imitation of Chinese artistic traditions) musical, Ba-ta-clan plays with the stereotypes of China to speak of the France of its time. The “Chinese” spoken of in the operetta is a mere succession of allusive phonemes, and the Italian language is equally mocked. The operetta takes place in an imaginary country in the East, a distant China, where with the development of the plot everyone meets French.


The stage director says that the adaptation for Theatro São Pedro was divided into three historical frames: Imperial China, Napoleon III’s France and, finally, our own country. “In this part we will build a historical landscape that brings satire, humor, dialogue and criticism to the turbulent political moment we are going through. At the end of the operetta, everyone discovers that they are Brazilian ”, says Rogério Tarifa.




Live broadcast: The dress rehearsal on Thursday, October 7 at 7 pm will be streamed free of charge on the YouTube channel of Theatro São Pedro:


Box office: Tickets cost R $ 30 and R $ 15 (half) and must be purchased exclusively through the website: