Parlando: The COC Blog

4/13/2012

No Definitive Version: The Compositional History of The Tales of Hoffmann

Why are there so many versions of The Tales of Hoffmann, and which version is closest to what Offenbach intended? These questions have no easy answers, and Gianmarco Segato (joined this time by Nikita Gourski) explains why in our latest COC podcast.

The long road to the stage taken by The Tales of Hoffmann was complicated by all manner of circumstance: the early death of the composer which left the piece incomplete; two theatre fires; multiple bankruptcies; the ongoing discovery to this day of hitherto “lost” musical materials...and the list goes on! Listen as they unravel Hoffmann’s fascinating history, sampling music from two classic Decca recordings: one with the legendary Joan Sutherland and the young Plácido Domingo and the other, a version which incorporates some of the more recently-discovered musical numbers, with Francisco Araiza in the title role; Cheryl Studer as Giulietta and Anne Sofie von Otter as Niklausse. Both CDs are available this spring at the Opera Shop.

Play the video above to listen to the interview, or download the mp3s (Part One, Part Two) and listen on your device of choice.

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2011/2012 / comments (0) / permalink


Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001