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Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Tales of Hoffmann

Went to this opera production (for the first time) this week and re-discovered the famous "Barcarolle" -- totally and utterly sublime.

The whole scene (beginning of Act III) is quite magical when the Muse, takes the form of Hoffmann's best friend Nicklausse, warns the poet against the alluring courtesan Giulietta. How the two voices (mezzo and soprano) take turns to lead is ingenious. (Though the above is not the best recording out there but it sure is great to watch!!)

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