Classic Domingo - LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN
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LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN
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Les Contes d'Hoffmann (DVD)
'Il etait une fois a la cour d'Eisenach'
Jacques Offenbach
Georges Pretre
PLACIDO DOMINGO AS "HOFFMAN"
Offenbach’s ‘fantastic’ grand opera, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, is based on tales by the German writer, E.T.A. Hoffmann. In a tavern in Nuremberg, the drunken poet, Hoffmann, is lamenting his failed love life, and how it’s all caused by his rival, the Councillor Lindorf. He tells his fellow-drinkers about his three past loves, three personifications of the same woman – Olympia, the ‘daughter’ of an inventor, who turns out to be a doll; a courtesan, Giulietta, who is under the spell of a sorcerer; Antonia, a sick girl who is lured into singing herself to death by the evil Dr Miracle. It is an opera about an artist’s hopes and disappointments, in a fantasy world that is both romantic yet grotesque.