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Offenbach
Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Bartlett Sher’s imaginative production, with sets by Michael Yeargan and costumes by Catherine Zuber, explores all the riches of Offenbach’s fantastical tale. Joseph Calleja is the poet Hoffmann who is enthralled by a variety of women—neither of which turns out to be the perfect creature he envisions. Kathleen Kim scales the vocal heights of the mechanical doll Olympia. Anna Netrebko literally sings herself to death as Antonia and also plays the diva Stella. Ekaterina Gubanova is the sultry courtesan Giulietta. Alan Held’s Four Villains foil all of Hoffmann’s plans. James Levine conducts with ardor and dramatic energy, bringing out every colorful detail of this rich score.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Dec 19, 2009
Composer
Jacques Offenbach
Librettist
Jules Barbier
Run Time
2 HRS 49 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Cast & Creative
Conductor
James Levine
Olympia
Kathleen Kim
Antonia
Anna Netrebko
Giulietta
Ekaterina Gubanova
Hoffmann
Joseph Calleja
4 Villians
Alan Held
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