Lyric Opera of Chicago
7:42 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Lyric Opera of Chicago: LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN on May 12 at 1 pm

It's time for the Lyric Opera of Chicago series on WRTI! We begin with Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman, sung in French, with a fabulous cast. Join us on Saturday, May 12th from 1 to 5 pm.

If ever a man was unlucky at love, it’s Hoffmann - the wild-eyed poet who travels the world in search of the ideal woman and ends up thwarted by villains at every turn. First, he’s smitten by Olympia - but discovers she’s nothing more than a mechanical doll. Then, he falls for Antonia, a fragile songstress who’ll die if she sings - and regrettably for him, she does both! Finally he’s seduced by Giulietta -  but the treacherous courtesan casts him aside.

Impossibly beautiful music (including the famous Barcarolle) combined with flamboyant theatricality - that’s why Offenbach’s extravaganza is so popular!

Synopsis

Cast:
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Hoffmann: Matthew Polenzani 
Four Villains: James Morris
Olympia: Anna Christy 
Antonia: Erin Wall 
Giulietta: Alyson Cambridge
Nicklausse: Emily Fons
Four Servants: Rodell Rosel
Spalanzani: David Cangelosi
Crespel: Christian Van Horn

Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Chorus Master: Michael Black

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