154 Offenbach mocked Berlioz's "strivings after the antique 155 and his initial light-hearted satire of Wagner's pretensions later hardened into genuine dislike. It was orchestrated and provided with recitatives by Ernest Guiraud, who also introduced the famous barcarolle taken from Die Rheinnixen. 83 The joint winners were Georges Bizet and Charles Lecocq. Que j'aime les militaires" ( La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein and "Tu n'es pas beau" in La Périchole, which Lamb notes was Offenbach's last major song for Hortense Schneider. Crespel urges her to give up singing, because it will make her ill, but Antonia is inspired by the memory of her late mothers beautiful voice and cannot help but sing. With over 15,000 website members, the Grande Opera promises to thrill and excite you with special performances and parties. 8 15 Yon notes that although foreign nationality was a barrier to entry for the Conservatoire's prestigious competitions, it was not such an obstacle to enrolment as a student. Gammond describes the libretto as "almost worthy.S. Isaac Offenbach's views on his son's conversion from Judaism are unknown. Ix, and Yon,. 37 The ambiguity of his nationality sometimes caused him difficulty in later life. "The cursed opera Archived t the Wayback Machine The Guardian, b Harding,. 115 116 Having risen to fame under Napoleon III, satirised him, and been rewarded by him, Offenbach was universally associated with the old régime: he was known as "the mocking-bird of the Second Empire ".