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Live from the Met: Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann

Erin Morley

Erin Morley

Saturday, January 31 at 12:00 pm

When this incarnation of Offenbach’s classic was introduced in 2009, critic Anthony Tommasini said: “There is much to cheer about in the Metropolitan Opera’s phantasmagorical new production.” He went on to note: “This Hoffmann, dressed in a plain suit suggesting 1920s Eastern Europe, spends most of his days seated at a humdrum writing table, with a battered typewriter and a small desk lamp. That desk is where he belongs. At least that is the conviction of the Muse of Poetry, who in the guise of Nicklausse, Hoffmann’s devoted friend, follows him everywhere.”

As we know, however, Hoffmann does not stick to his writing: he tells his companions in Luther’s Tavern about his three tragic love affairs. The Met’s 2014 revival gives the roles of Hoffmann’s three loves to Erin Morley (Olympia), Hibla Gerzmava (Antonia), and Christine Rice (Giulietta). Vittorio Grigolo is Hoffmann, and Thomas Hampson portrays all four villains.

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