Music: Devil Take All

By rights Offenbach's opera Tales of Hoffmann should belong to the tenor in the title role. It is he, after all, who goes awooing, however unsuccessfully, after Stella the actress, Olympia the windup doll, Giulietta the courtesan and Antonia the consumptive soprano. If he is not careful, though, the tenor can be easily upstaged by the soprano who normally portrays all four heroines. Her music is uniformly exquisite, and on top of that she gets to show her legs in the gondola scene.

In the shimmering new Hoffmann that Director Tito Capobianco has...

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