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Claudia Boyle (Olympia) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Scene-stealing villains in Irish National Opera's futuristic Hoffmann

By , 14 September 2018
***11
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Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Amsterdam

Superb, sinister Tales of Hoffmann at Dutch National Opera

By , 03 June 2018
*****
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Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

A boisterous romp in Offenbach's Bluebeard at the Komische Oper Berlin

By , 23 March 2018
***11
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Maria Isabel Segarra (Eurydice) and Matthias Hoffmann (Aristeus/Pluto) © Matthias Jung
Cologne

Oper Köln's delightful Orpheus enraptures audience of all ages

By , 19 January 2018
****1
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La Vie parisienne © Thomas Entzeroth
Zürich

Play on the Parisian profile: Offenbach’s La Vie parisienne

By , 03 January 2018
***11
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Vittorio Grigòlo (Hoffmann) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Grigòlo stars as Debus leads thrilling Hoffmann at The Met

By , 26 September 2017
****1
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Olga Pudova (Olympia) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Bavarian State Opera's Hoffmann

By , 30 July 2017
***11
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Josef Moravec (Orphée) and Jana Sibera (Eurydice) © Hana Smejkalová
Prague

Orpheus in the political underworld in Prague

By , 06 July 2017
****1
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Kate Lindsey (Nicklausse) and Vittorio Grigolò (Hoffmann) © LA Opera
Los Angeles

A beautifully sung Tales of Hoffmann at LA Opera

By , 25 March 2017
***11
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Hannah Poulsom (Juno), Alexander Aldren (Mercury) and Dominic Bowe (Jupiter) © Robert Workman
London

Riotous journey to the Underworld: Royal Academy's Orphée in Hackney

By , 03 February 2017
****1
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Christine Rice (Giulietta) and Thomas Hampson (Dappertutto) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

A final outing for the Royal Opera's lavish but fusty Tales of Hoffmann

By , 07 November 2016
***11
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Beate Ritter (Olympia), Mirko Roschkowski (Hoffmann) © Barbara Pálffy | Volksoper Wien
Vienna

The Tales of Hoffmann at the Volksoper: Death and the devil, naked facts and a wondrous voice

By , 15 October 2016
****1
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Juan Diego Flórez and Peruvian friend © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 75: Partygoers, pomp and Paddington Bear

By , 10 September 2016
***11
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Carnegie Hall celebrates its 125th anniversary © Chris Lee
New York City

Musical stars power Carnegie Hall's 125th Anniversary Gala

By , 05 May 2016
***11
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Christophe Mortagne (Roi Carotte) © Stofleth
Lyon

A well seasoned concoction

By , 14 December 2015
****1
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Tokyo

Peter Darell's Tales of Hoffman, National Ballet of Japan

By , 30 October 2015
****1
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Desiree Frahn (Bastienne) © Darren Williams
Adelaide

Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne and Offenbach’s Fortunio sparkle with comic richness in Adelaide

By , 09 October 2015
****1
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Uwe Schönbeck (Hoffmann) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

A tale of three Hoffmanns: Kosky’s Komische Oper production a triumph

By , 07 October 2015
****1
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Pretty Yende © Zemsky Green
Amsterdam

Juan Diego Flórez and Pretty Yende wow the Amsterdam public

By , 19 May 2015
****1
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Laurent Naouri (Lindorf) and Matthew Polenzani (Hoffmann) © Cory Weaver | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A new cast impresses in the Metropolitan Opera's Tales of Hoffmann

By , 11 March 2015
****1
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Hibla Gerzmava (Antonia) and Thomas Hampson (Dr Miracle) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The eternal optimist: Grigolo’s Hoffmann at The Met is simply spectacular

By , 12 January 2015
****1
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Juan Diego Flórez © Josef Gallauer | Decca
Dublin

Flórez's love songs captures Dublin hearts

By , 25 October 2014
****1
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Ruxandra Donose © Nicole Alexa
London

A tale of two Carmens: Ruxandra Donose’s Rosenblatt Recital

By , 06 October 2014
***11
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Evan Bowers (Hoffmann) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Drunken ramblings: Calixto Bieito’s Tales of Hoffmann gets its first revival in Oslo

By , 02 October 2014
***11
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Fflur Wyn (Mimi) © Mike Hoban
High Wycombe

Opera's dead parrot sketch: Offenbach's Vert-Vert delights at Garsington

By , 09 June 2014
****1
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Les contes d'Hoffmann © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

What Stella had to say: The (Surrealist) Tales of Hoffmann at Teatro Real

By , 17 May 2014
****1
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Exposition and the body © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

Seductive and deeply disturbing: Royal Swedish Ballet in The Emperor

By , 07 February 2014
****1
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Jacques Offenbach, by Félix Nadar
London

All I want for Christmas is Fantasio : Opera Rara score a hit

By , 15 December 2013
*****
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© Erik Berg
Oslo

The night of the two Hoffmänner: The Tales of Hoffmann at the Norwegian National Opera

By , 04 December 2013
**111
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Graham Johnson  ©  Clive Barda
Leeds

Eine Nacht in Venedig: A fine start for the Leeds Lieder Festival

By , 11 October 2013
****1
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Matthew Polenzani and Hye Jung Lee  ©  Cory Weaver
San Francisco

Matthew Polenzani is superb in San Francisco Opera's Tales of Hoffmann

By , 05 June 2013
****1
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Strings, BBC National Orchestra of Wales © Betina Skovbro
Hong Kong

A slick and enjoyable Tales of Hoffmann by Opera Hong Kong

By , 25 May 2013
****1
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La Périchole © Carol Rosegg
New York City

New York City Opera closes season with Alden's riotous La Périchole

By , 21 April 2013
****1
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Rachelle Durkin and Andrew Brunsdon,  ©  Lisa Tomasetti.
Sydney

Opera Australia serve up a comically modern Orpheus in the Underworld in Sydney

By , 28 February 2013
***11
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Susan Graham  © Dario Acosta; Renée Fleming © Jonathan Tichler
Los Angeles

Susan Graham and Renée Fleming stunning at Disney Hall

By , 19 January 2013
*****
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©  Werner Kmetitisch
Vienna

Tales retold: Hoffmann restaged at the Theater an der Wien

By , 06 July 2012
**111
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Geoffrey Dolton as The Viceroy of Peru and Naomi O'Connell as La Périchole © Garsington Opera
High Wycombe

Garsington Opera's La Périchole bubbles and delights

By , 18 June 2012
****1
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Mari Eriksmoen (Olympia) & Kurt Streit (Hoffmann)  ©  Werner Kmetitsch
Vienna

Strong storytelling in the Theater an der Wien’s Tales of Hoffmann

By , 02 April 2012
****1
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Simon Butteriss, Georgia Jarman, Iain Paton  ©  Chris Christodoulou
London

Tales of Hoffmann at the ENO

By , 10 February 2012
***11
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New Chamber Opera performing Orpheus in the Underworld
Oxford

New Chamber Opera: Orpheus in the Underworld

By , 03 February 2012
****1
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Máire Flavin as Public Opinion  ©  Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
London

Celebrity chamber opera: Orpheus in the Young Vic

By , 30 November 2011
**111
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Maria Aleida and John Viscardi  ©  Academy of Vocal Arts 2011
Haverford

AVA’s 'Les Contes d’Hoffmann' defines opéra fantastique

By , 22 November 2011
*****
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Diana Damrau as Olympia, Rolando Villazon as Hoffmann  ©  Wilfried Hösl
Munich

A sobering Hoffmann

By , 12 November 2011
****1
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David Grice with Madeleine Pierard  ©  Richard H Smith
London

Venice - six scenes, ten young singers.

By , 17 July 2011
***11
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Rosie Coad as Helen and Christopher Diffey as Paris,  ©  Polly Hancock
London

Desperate Housewives and Troy Boys

By , 12 February 2011
***11
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Chris Christodolou
London

Orpheus in the Underworld - the antidote to highbrow opera

By , 04 December 2010
****1
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Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Met's 'Hoffmann' is Satisfying Fare

By , 02 October 2010
****1
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David Karlin
Zürich

The Tales of Hoffman at Zurich Opera

By , 18 March 2010
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La Périchole à l'Opéra de Bordeaux © Vincent Bengold / Opéra National de Bordeaux
Bordeaux

Les mésaventures de La Périchole : stress et paillettes à l’Opéra de Bordeaux

By , 13 October 2018
***11
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© Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Caustique Blaubart au Komische Oper de Berlin

By , 13 July 2018
****1
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