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Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann
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The conducting of Pretre is speedy, and most of the time it works, but, in some places (like the Baracolle, sung beautifully) it seems the singes can hardly keep up.
The production values are nothing short of increadable. the late John Schliesinger shows himself to be a capable operatic director, with several nice touches to the production, such as Lindorf appearing at the end of each act, mocking Hoffman and laughing. I would have prefered to see the roles acted by one man, but the seperate apperances of Lindorf do just as well. The begining of the Venice act is very impressive, with the gondolas floating ominously and the writhing orgy taking place on the banks of the cannal. The designs of Maria Bjornson and Willum Dudley utilize the three-story stage excellently, and give each setting a different feel: The tavern a place of grity reality, Paris a zany Victorian invetors lab, Venice a C.B. DeMille nightmare, and Munic the feeling of a derilict, clostrophobic mansion from hell.
The singing, other than Domingo is almost uniformally good. Luciana Serra, as Olympia is fine acting-wise and her voice is pleasent enough, but I don't like her phrasing. Balsta's Guiletta is increadeble, a real stand out. She looks terrific, too. Ileana Cortubas' Antonia sings well enough, but could act the part better. Still, you warm up to her eventually, and she is very good in the final trio.Read more ›
The quality of the picture could be better. You probably won't notice it unless you watch the DVD on a large screen TV. Hey, I'm not complaining--this was recorded in 1981, and the technology was not as good as what we've come to expect today.
They seem to have omitted at least some lines where Nicklaus tells the audience that he (she) is Hoffmann's muse. For people not familiar with this opera, this omission could lead to confusion.
Placido Domingo is a young vibrant singer with his voice at its very best. That alone would make this a worthwhile purchase. His singing will thrill you.
For the act with the automaton doll, Olympia, the stage is filled with complicated machinery that helps pull off the idea that a mad genius-type could build such a doll. It really helps make the idea of a singing, dancing, talking doll a more believable reality.
Agnes Baltsa is a beautiful Giulietta and the scenery and costumes for her boudoir are done very well.
Costuming is rich, lavish, and varied for scenes from the tavern's raggedy Kleinzach students to the opulent lodgings of Guilietta.
Claire Powell is absolutely beautiful, in singing as well as appearance. She would be an inspiring muse for anyone. Ileana Cotrubas does likewise in her role as Antonia.
Well, there you have it: a few minor negatives and some very good positives. If you're thinking of Tales of Hoffmann, I don't know of a better performance. It has all the makings of a good time: Wine, Women, and Song.
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Saw this opera at the San Diego Opera many years ago in an outstanding production. Prior to San Diego I lived and worked in Seattle where I was privileged to have Season Tickets... Read morePublished 1 month ago by tlc
Enjoyed this very much. A great addition to anyone's collection.Published 2 months ago by Barbara Chisler
The staging is beautiful! The singers sung for them selves! Wry nice!Published 5 months ago by Julius K. Botka
The music, singers, acting, sets, etc. make this a must have opera for the serious collector.Published 10 months ago by J. Gamble
I really like it, but a recoding by Neil Shicoff and James Morris as the 3 evils was better. (I don't think it was made into VCR or DVD, was it?)Published 11 months ago by Carol Cunningham
The product only had an area code for US and Canada and cannot be played on a DVD-player in Europe. So it went into the trash.Published 12 months ago by Pontus Gillnas
Love it!!! It is young Placido Domingo with a wonderful voice! I have had the fortune to have listened Offenbach with Les contes d'Hoffman early in my life. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tete
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