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At The Opera, Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann, July 2, 2016


The Tales of Hoffmann is an opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach. The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann. Hoffmann is the protagonist in the opera. The opera was first performed in a public venue, at the Opéra-Comique on February 10, 1881

In the 19th century, at the pub near the opera house in Nuremberg, the poet Hoffmann waits for an opera singer Stella, who performs at the opera house. Stella sent him a letter that he must wait for her until she finishes her opera performance. But, Councilor Lindorf, who also loves Stella, steals this letter. Hoffmann is tired of waiting for her, and he begins to tell his friend, Nicklausse, about his past lost loves.


Hoffmann – Placido Domingo

The 3 lovers – Edita Gruberova

1989 – DG recording

Seiji Ozawa – conductor

National Orchestra of France


Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
Jacques Offenbach: Les Contes D' Hoffmann BUY Orchestre National de France; Seiji Ozawa, conductor Placido Domingo
Joseph Schmidt: Musica proibita, for voice & orchestra, Op. 5 BUY from Das Zauberlied
Joseph Schmidt: Lolita, serenata spagnola for voice & orchestra BUY from Das Zauberlied
Joseph Schmidt: Der Emigrant BUY from Das Zauberlied
Joseph Schmidt: Heimatland BUY from Das Zauberlied
Joseph Schmidt: Ein Lied geht um die Welt (used in the film) (a.k.a. ' My Song Goes Round the World') BUY from Das Zauberlied
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, opera: Si può? Signore! Signori! BUY from Pagliacci; composed by Leoncavallo
Rossini: Le Comte Ory - Tutor's aria act 1 BUY from The Sensational Samuel Ramey; composed by Rossini
Leigh & Darion: The Impossible Dream BUY from The Sensational Samuel Ramey; composed by Leigh & Darion
Schubert: Standchen BUY from BJORLING COLLECTION 5 BJORLING, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 5: Lieder and Songs (1939-1952); composed by Schubert

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