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Offenbach: Les Contes D'hoffmann / Laho, Petibon, Wesseling [2 DVD]

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>Offenbach, Jacques : Les contes d'Hoffmann
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Offenbach's masterpiece, based on three stories by the German author E.T.A. Hoffmann, is both a three-act opera and a trilogy of taut, individual dramas, all rolled into one.This Geneva production from 2002 features baritone Marc Laho in the tour-de-force triple villain roles, with three different standout sopranos as the tales' three heroines. French producer Olivier Py caused an uproar among Geneva operagoers with a staging of Tales of Hoffmann that features full-frontal male and female nudity and simulated on-stage lesbian and heterosexual sex. Audiences were left "gasping, giggling or reduced to stunned silence" by the production, which interprets the popular opera as an indictment of capitalist society. Py adds several simulated sex acts, including one between the poet Hoffman and the life-sized doll Olympia as she sings her main aria. Soprano Patricia Petitbon is a major tour de force as she sings Olympia wearing only a transparent body stocking in a Venetian bordello.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 171 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: French, English, German, Spanish


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>Offenbach, Jacques : Les contes d'Hoffmann
  • Performers: Delphine Beaulieu (Soprano); Romaric Braun (Bass); Gilles Cachemaille (Bass); Nicolas Cavallier (Bass-Baritone); Bernard Deletré (Bass); Nadine Denize (Soprano); Stella Doufexis (Mezzo Soprano); Rachel Harnisch (Soprano); Eric Huchet (Tenor); Marc Laho (Tenor); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); Maria Riccarda Wesseling (Soprano); René Schirrer (Bass); Blisser Terziyski (Tenor); Francisco Vas (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Patrick Davin
  • Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1881