johnleiser

Les Contes D’Hoffman @ THe Met 12/7/09

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2009 at 3:36 pm

This is a must see production. Not only is the singing great, but the blend of modern and new sets bridges the “tosca” gap. Joseph Calleja makes you watch him through the whole opera, he is wonderful, and we’ll hear lots more of him, I’m sure. Kate Lindsey as the Muse is a shadow to Hoffmann, like the mirror image he loses in the third act. Alan Held as all four villains is creepy and sings well and has a terrific presence. It would have been nice to have Anna Netrebko as all four “loves” but it would be a shame not to have Kathleen Kim as Olympia, she stole the show with singing and acting as the doll. Giulietta, Gubanova, was a courtesan to deal with. The setting got applause, maybe for nudity? The real star is the Met Orchestra and chorus and James Levine, what will they do with out him?

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