M1500 .O34 C66 2000z DVD
Opera. Music by Jacques Offenbach.
Seeking to exorcise the failure of his current love affair, the poet Hoffmann tells the tales of his three past loves - the doll-like Olympia, the high-class courtesan Giulietta, and the ambitious but delicate Antonia - and recalls how each was thwarted by the evil influence of his rival. In this production by the distinguished film director, John Schlesinger, with spectacular designs by Maria Björnson and William Dudley, Offenbach's nightmare world is brought to life. The all-star cast is headed by Placido Domingo as Hoffmann: his three loves are Ileana Cotrubas, Agnes Baltsa and Luciana Serra and the manifestations of his rival are sung by Geraint Evans, Robert Lloyd, Siegmund Nimsgern and Nicola Ghiuselev. The score, which includes such favorites as the "Barcarolle" and the "Doll's Song", is conducted by Georges Prêtre.
Placido Domingo (Hoffmann), Luciana Serra (Olympia), Agnes Baltsa (Giulietta), Ileana Cotrubas (Antonia), Geraint Evans (Copprlius), Siegmund Nimsgern (Dappertutto), Nicola Ghiuselev (Miracle), Robert Lloyd (Spalanzani), other soloists.
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, leader, Meyer Stolow; The Royal Opera Chorus, chorus master, John Barker; Conductor, Georges Pretre.
Sung in French with English subtitles.
Distributed by Kultur (www.kultur.com).