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L’Étoile, filmed in Amsterdam, is fun from the start in Laurent Pelly’s vaguely 1950s-styled production, which is visually quite spare and doesn’t force the laughs, generally getting them on the sly. Pelly is much aided by the King Ouf I of Christophe Mortagne, a performer who gleefully knows no shame and is very funny indeed. Stéphanie d’Oustrac’s Lazuli is a great foil, her performance of the young man precisely catching his gauche charm. Everyone involved joins in the high jinks with disciplined physicality, and Patrick Fournillier conducts with appropriate wit and the precision that Chabrier’s music requires to save it descending into chaos. There’s already a cheerful abundance of that onstage.

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