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Offenbach - Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Guingal, Machado, Gorny, Goeldner, Opera de Bilbao


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  • Actors: Aquiles Machado, Maria Bayo, Konstantin Gorny, Katherine Goeldner, Alain Guingal
  • Directors: Giancarlo Del Monaco, Angel Luis Ramirez
  • Writers: Jacques Offenbach, Jules Barbier
  • Producers: Opera de Bilbao, Ferenc van Damm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound, Color
  • Language: French (DTS 5.1), French (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 185 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGAYDA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,630 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Sung in French with optional subtitles
  • Recorded in high definition and surround sound
  • Interviews with Maria Bayo, Aquiles Machado, and Juan Carlos Matellanes (President of ABAO)
  • Illustrated synopsis
  • Cast gallery

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Aquiles Machdo, Konstantin Gorny, Katharine Goedner, Maria Bayo, Valentina Kutzarova, and Milagros Poblador star in this Bilbao Opera production of the Offenbach opera directed by Giancarlo Del Monaco and conducted by Alain Guingal.

Review

This DVD performance, recorded live in Bilbao shows Aquiles Machado outsizing Hoffmann. -- Globe and Mail(Canada), Elissa Poole, April 24, 2007

Customer Reviews

Not only that, this brief introduction sets the tone for the entire act.
Sammy Jackson 14/88
Hoffman's soaring romantic idealism is built into his adoring arias, and this predominant nobility must be the cornerstone of any dvd production.
Ronald Haak
In the area of voice itself fortunately, the star director found one place where he was unable to tamper and maim.
Stanley H. Nemeth

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stanley H. Nemeth on July 8, 2007
Hoffmann, the central figure in this opera, may be a drunk, a loser in love, and a paranoid personality, but at the same time, it's clear from the libretto he's a romantic poet, and the world IS against him. For whatever complex of reasons, though, - soprano Maria Bayo in the interviews is heard muttering some nonsense about Freud - Hoffmann, according to director Giancarlo Del Monaco's ugly and unsuitable "bright" idea for the part, is portrayed as a demented hunchback, more Kleinzach than any recognizable Hoffmann, given the libretto.

The production strives to be novel and ugly throughout, and in this aim, I'm sorry to say, it largely succeeds. The only saving graces are the very voices of Machado (Hoffmann), Goeldner (Muse), and, above all, Poblador (Olympia), the stunning and believable automaton. In the area of voice itself fortunately, the star director found one place where he was unable to tamper and maim.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Sutherland on May 3, 2008
Whether Hoffmann is an incarnation of Kleinzach or no, this production is fantastic! I enjoyed the singing from start to finish with no weak links in the cast. Hoffmann with a twist seems to be the norm anyway. I've seen five versions and every one is different. So who's to say which take on Hoffmann is valid? I frankly don't care. Call me shallow. Hoffmann is a drunken poet and here he is a hunchback, too.

In this version, Nicklausse, who is the Muse in disguise, has a much larger role in events than I've seen before. It is played by Katherine Goeldner, who declares right away that SHE loves Hoffmann and that she will win him from the others. In the end, she does. Meanwhile, the entire cast sings and acts superbly. The simple set suffices for all the stories and the action flows right along; Giuletta literally rises out of the hulk of Olympia.

Aquiles Machado's voice is gorgeous; Milagros Poblador is perfect as Olympia; Valentina Kutzarova was a luscious Giuletta; Maria Bayo finds her fortissimo as Antonia; Christophe Fel is wonderful as Crespel; Konstantin Gorny was a great series of villains--with Dr. Miracle particularly dramatic and intense; Jose Ruiz played multiple roles winning applause. And on and on. I'm not kidding...everyone was great.

Don't let me forget the orchestra, conducted by Alain Guingal. The music was glorious.

I recommend this production whole-heartedly!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sammy Jackson 14/88 on March 6, 2010
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I may be wrong, but it seems to me that somehow--and don't ask me how--people who hate opera are now producing many operas. Take this offering of "Hoffman," for example. As a previous reviewer opined, this staging is "ugly throughout." I concur most emphatically. It's like the point of this DVD is to convince people that "Tales of Hoffman" sucks. But why? Is it some kind of conspiracy to destroy Western Civilization? I don't get it. However, one thing is certain: this production goes out of its way to descerate this most wondrous music. They have taken all of the fun out of it. Two examples.

First, one of my all-time favorite jams is the opening of the "Olympia" scene, which consists of one of the catchiest melodies I've ever heard, somewhere between a march and a procession. (This theme is repeated twice in the act, to great effect.) Put it this way: I can't believe anybody doesn't like it. Not only that, this brief introduction sets the tone for the entire act. This is not surprising since the music is, after all, the introduction to the scene. So, of course, in this DVD, this great music is not even in the opera. These brainiacs took it out!

Here's the second example. During Olympia's show-stopper, when she winds-down the second time, she has to be wound-up again. So Cochenille gets on the floor, shoves a key way under and up her dress, causing Olympia to moan with delight. Thankfully, nobody humped her. Also, during her aria, one of the most annoying Spalanzanis ever (he was kind of a lame impersonation of Einstein), kept buzzing around her with his remote control device.

Oh, and another thing, this Hoffman is a hunchback, or is, at least, hunch-back-like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John G. Gleeson Sr. on March 28, 2013
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It must be me, but this is my second DVD of Hoffman, the first being a now deleted performance on TDK with Shicoff and Terfel. Both suffered from largely poor reviews ... except for mine. I am usually very strong on maintaining the traditional in staging, and both Hoffmans are anything but traditional, but even though there is a strong emphasis on the negative aspects of Hoffman's failures in romance in Giancarlo Del Monaco's staging, it works for me.

In a long ago time, studio recordings of operas on LP and, later, CD were all that opera lovers had, especially folks like me who live where live opera ain't. Such recordings are a thing of the past, due largely to the associated costs, but what has relaced them, at least here, is the DVD, where all aspects of performances, visual and auditory are employed, and subject to critical evaluation.

My main reason for buying this disc (aside from the price of under $10.00!!) was to see and hear tenor Aquiles Machado, whom I have enjoyed in DVD performances of Elisir and Rigoletto do the demanding role of Hoffman (It IS demanding, btw; just listen to the Act II aria with its extended passagio singing). Machado is typical in appearance to the roly poly tenors Italy used to produce in large numbers years ago (Machado is, of course, Venezuelan). But the incomparable Richard Tucker and Carlo Bergonzi had similar physiques and similarly excellent, though different vocal skills. I am very satisfied with Machado's work here; it is first rate singing and not bad acting, although the staging of his character is a bit too negative, even though Hoffman is an alchoholic and romantically dysfunctional!

But I was pleasantly surprised by the other singers, all but one of whom (Maria Bayo) were new to me. Konstantin Gorny (Lindorf, et. al.
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