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10 reviews
15 stars
attended Nov 09 2008

I think that this event symbolised the minimalist efforts of the BLO which have escalated over the past few years. The scenery was sort of shoddy and the viewer had to... continued

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7 reviews
0 stars
attended Nov 07 2008

The set design is a little avant garde. It was very interesting, but I'm not sure it was to my taste. It distracted from the music too. The music and story was fantastic, though.

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17 reviews
18 stars
attended Nov 16 2008

Fabulous show in every way.

June Levinson

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http://www.blo.org/season0809_hoffmann.html

Description

In a haze of pipe tobacco and beer, Hoffmann regales his drinking buddies with tales of romantic woe. He’s easily bewitched, Hoffmann is. He falls for an automaton, among other bad choices. Maybe it’s the mad inventors or the voice from the dead that make him so crazy. Offenbach’s music, on the other hand? Crazy beautiful, a tour-de-force.

Boston Lyric Opera’s cast of The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann_) _includes four singers who play fourteen roles in the drama.  Soprano Georgia Jarman is Stella, Hoffmann’s current love, and she is also Olympia, Antonia, and Giulietta, the three women he has loved and lost.  Gaétan Laperrière foils Hoffmann in each act, as Counsellor Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Miracle, and Captain Dapertutto.   Mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier is Hoffmann’s friend Nicklausse and his Muse.  And Offenbach himself takes over the roles of four servants.

About the Ticket Supplier: Boston Lyric Opera

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) is New England's most popular opera company. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and which feature emerging operatic talent. Its mainstage productions at The Citi Shubert Theatre, live broadcasts on WGBH radio and its traveling production of a fully staged, one-hour English version of a popular opera for schools and families reach some 200,000 people a year.