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Composer: Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)

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AmsterdamLes Contes d'HoffmannNew Production

Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann)
Carlo Rizzi; Tobias Kratzer; Dutch National Opera; Rainer Sellmaier; John Osborn; Nina Minasyan

BerlinBluebeardNew Production

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Offenbach: Barbe-bleue
Stefan Soltesz; Stefan Herheim; Komische Oper Berlin; Christof Hetzer; Esther Bialas; Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke; Peter Renz

ZürichHappy Birthday Zukerman

Happy Birthday Zukerman
Vivaldi, Elgar, Pleyel, Offenbach, Mozart
Zurich Chamber Orchestra; Pinchas Zukerman; Amanda Forsyth; Daniel Hope

BerlinBlue Beard

© Jan Windszus
Offenbach: Barbe-bleue
Clemems Flick; Stefan Herheim; Komische Oper Berlin; Christof Hetzer; Esther Bialas

CardiffLast Night of the Welsh Proms

Last Night of the Welsh Proms
Suppe, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Mealor, Elgar, Rossini, Offenbach
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Owain Arwel Hughes; David Childs
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A superb, sinister Hoffmann at Dutch National Opera

Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Selectively unearthed from current critical editions, this fabulously performed new Hoffmann plumbs the murky depths of its antihero’s psyche.
*****
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A boisterous romp at the Komische Oper

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Stefan Herheim packs puns and gags into a three-hour long show, but less could have been more. 
***11
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Oper Köln's delightful Orpheus enraptures all ages

Maria Isabel Segarra (Eurydice) and Matthias Hoffmann (Aristeus/Pluto) © Matthias Jung
Oper Köln’s Orpheus in the Underworld proved age accessibility must not sacrifice humour and musical integrity. The tight ensemble piece was superbly acted and well-sung throughout.
****1
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Play on the Parisian profile: Offenbach’s La Vie parisienne

La Vie parisienne © Thomas Entzeroth
“Eat, dance, sing, and afterwards make love” was the motto for Parisian life, and their pursuit made up the greater part of this performance.
***11
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Grigòlo stars as Debus leads thrilling Hoffmann at The Met

Vittorio Grigòlo (Hoffmann) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Bartlett Sher's production of The Tales of Hoffmann, revived at The Met, takes a Kafka-esque, surreal view of the opera.
****1
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