Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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24th Aug 2009




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Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Staged by Olivier Py

Patricia Petibon (Olympia), Marc Laho (Hoffmann), Nicolas Cavallier (Lindorf, Coppelius,Dr. Miracle,Dapertutto), Stella Dufexis (Niklausse, Muse), Rachel Harnisch (Antonia), Maria Riccarda Wesseling (Giulietta), Eric Huchet (Andres, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio), Francisco Vas (Spalanzani), Bernard Deletre (Schlemil), Rene Schirrer (Luther) & Gilles Cachemaille (Crespel)

Choeur du Grand Théâtre de Genève & Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Patrick Davin

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all zones, 16/9 PCM stereo, DTS 5.1

Subtitles: Fr, En, Ger, Spa

197 minutes

Bonus: After the show / interview with Oliver Py..…

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.

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