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Boch Center Shubert Theatre
265 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
617-482-9393
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 12 members
Review from Sheila Vernick

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 deploy a good imagination, which I do not have. Also - there was not enough...continued

reviewed Nov 09 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Andrea

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.

reviewed Nov 07 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from June Levinson

Fabulous show in every way.

June Levinson

reviewed Nov 16 2008 report as inappropriate
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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.

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