Met Opera: "Hoffmann's" Tales Fabulously Staged With a Sterling Cast

January 13, 2015 9:42 PM

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Everybody has at least one love affair he or she would like to forget. Hoffmann, the hapless poet hero of Les Contes d'Hoffmann, has four that haunt him in Offenbach's grand final opera, which the Met returned to the stage last night with the Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo brilliantly singing and acting the title role in Bartlett Sher's spectacular production.

The mezzo Kate Lindsey is excellent as Hoffmann's friend and muse Nicklausse and the soprano Erin Morley scores a knockout as the wind-up doll Olympia to lead an all-round fine cast that brings fresh vitality and artistry to Sher's 2009 staging. And the Canadian conductor Yves Abel leads the Met orc...

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