Jacques Offenbach's 1881 The Tales of Hoffmann
, based on the works of German writer of the same name, finds a young French poet pining after the prima donna who's performing next door to his local tavern. While he waits for her show to end, he reminisces over three of his lost loves, in fanciful stories featuring a beautiful automaton, a voice from the dead and a scheming courtesan. The "Barcarolle" is the most famed of its musical highlights and appears in the film Titanic
. The Tales of Hoffmann
is the latest of Pocket Opera's productions at Marines Memorial Theatre, which aim to entertain with accessible versions of classic works, presented with lively narration by Daniel Pippin. Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the company showcases some of the Bay Area's best vocal talents, who are accompanied by the Pocket Philharmonic, a chamber orchestra of eight to fifteen musicians.
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