Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Approximate running time 3 hrs. 25 min.
Vittorio Grigolo and Matthew Polenzani take turns playing the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title. The roles of the three heroines are shared by an impressive lineup of singing actresses, including Hibla Gerzmava, Susanna Phillips, Erin Morley, Audrey Luna, Christine Rice, and Elena Maximova. Thomas Hampson sings the Four Villains, and James Levine and Yves Abel conduct Offenbach’s sparkling score.
Vittorio Grigolo as Hoffmann "soars" with "high notes [that] are strong and clear... Erin Morley was a remarkable Olympia, bringing rounded tone, dynamic variety and dramatic flair" to the role. Hibla Gerzmava sang Antonia "with a soprano that was soft-grained yet penetrating... The elegant mezzo Kate Lindsey was Hoffmann's friend Nicklausse, her voice silvery with a hint of cream..." Conductor Yves Abel "led a graceful, agile orchestral performance."
(New York Times)
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