The Met Streams Offenbach’s ‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’

Tuesday, August 4
Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann ~ 2 HRS 51 MIN
Starring Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Christine Rice, Vittorio Grigolo, and Thomas
Hampson, conducted by Yves Abel. From January 31, 2015.
Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo
takes on the title role in
Offenbach’s fantastical opera,
giving a very favorably reviewed
performance as the tortured poet
who is decidedly unlucky in love.
He is joined by a trio of excellent
leading ladies: Erin Morley sings
the high flying coloratura
demanded of the mechanical
doll Olympia, Hibla Gerzmava is
the fragile Antonia, and
Christine Rice sings Giulietta,
the Venetian courtesan. Bartlett
Sher’s production with sets by
Michael Yeargan (described by
the New York times as “a flimsylooking
mash-up of images from
Kafka, Fellini and Magritte”) is
seen tonight in its second Live in
HD presentation. In addition to
Hoffmann and his three loves
above, this one also stars suave baritone, Thomas Hampson who plays all four sinister villains and the
marvelous Kate Lindsey (again) as Nicklausse, Hoffmann’s friend and muse. Yves Abel conducts.

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