Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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This week's broadcast from The Metropolitan Opera features Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, in a bold new production directed by the Broadway veteran Bartlett Sher.

The opera is notable for marking the return of conductor James Levine to the Met after an absence of more than two months to recover from spine surgery. It's also significant for being a thoroughly modern, Fellini-esque version of the 19th Century tale, a psychodrama about three failed love affairs. The production includes several major singers including Anna Netrebko in the role of Antonia, and Joseph Calleja, for the first time singing the demanding title role. Margaret Juntwait hosts today's broadcast, wth commentary from Ira Siff.

Program Details:

Music by Jacques Offenbach
Text (in French) by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Conductor: Jean Morel


Conductor: James Levine
Olympia: Kathleen Kim
Antonia: Anna Netrebko
Giulietta: Ekaterina Gubanova
Nicklausse/The Muse: Kate Lindsey
Hoffmann: Joseph Calleja
Four Villains: Alan Held

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View a Slide Show of Les Contes d'Hoffmann in WQXR's Arts File