Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann [The Tales of Hoffmann] (complete operettas recorded in 2014)

 
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JACQUES OFFENBACH
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann [The Tales of Hoffmann] (complete operettas recorded in 2014)
Teatro Real / Anne Sofie von Otter, Vito Priante, Eric Cutler, Ana Durlovski, Measha Brueggergosman / Sylvain Cambreling (cond)

[ Bel Air Classics DVD / DVD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 8 September 2015

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Although posthumous, 'The Tales of Hoffmann' is considered as the masterpiece of Jacques Offenbach's work and mixes love, pain and whim.

The intrigue settles around three stories about a broken love. Told by Hoffmann, narrator and hero, these tales paint a portrait of three feminine figures: Olympia the automaton, Antonia the dying opera singer and Giulietta the courtesan. This triptych allows the development of very different universes, and colour. It's also a declension of the image of woman and of evil. Christoph Marthaler signed this creation for the Teatro Real. This was Gerard Mortier's last commission for this stage: the Swiss director has proven his ease in many different registers. An essential capacity needed for a work as rich and subtle as 'The Tales of Hoffmann'. Music is conducted by Sylvain Cambreling and the cast includes Eric Cutler, Anne Sofie von Otter, Measha Brueggergosman and Jean-Philippe Lafont.

Eric Cutler (Hoffmann), Anne Sofie Von Otter (La Muse/Nicklausse), Vito Priante (Lindorf / Coppélius / Dr Miracle / Dapertutto), Christoph Homberger (Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio), Ana Durlovski (Olympia), Measha Brueggergosman (Antonia / Giulietta), Altea Garrido (Stella), Lani Poulson (La Mère d'Antonia), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Maître Luther / Crespel), Gerardo López (Nathanaël), Graham Valentine (Spalanzani), Tomeu Bibiloni (Hermann), Isaac Galán (Schlemil)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Teatro Real de Madrid, Sylvain Cambreling (conductor) & Christoph Marthaler (stage director)

Running time - 193 min.

Booklet FR / ENG / ESP, Subtitles FR / ENG / DE / ES

16/9, NTSC, Sound Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1

"Musically it's mostly excellent...Cutler is all vocal ease, elegance and passion. Von Otter's communicative and dramatic powers remain wonderfully persuasive … Cambreling's hard-edged intensity won't be to everyone's tastes, though it suits Marthaler's moody theatrics to perfection. An acquired taste, but fascinating." Gramophone

Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Offenbach - Teatro Real Madrid