Offenbach: Les Contes D'Hoffmann
By Bengt-Ola Morgny, Christophe Mortagne, Daniel Johansson, Johannes Debus, Kerstin Avemo, Ketil Hugaas, Mandy Friedrich, Michael Volle, Prague Philharmonic Chorus, Rachel Frenkel, and Wiener Philharmoniker. By Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880). Sound type: DTS 5.0, PCM Stereo. Classical. 2 DVDs. Published by C Major Entertainment (NX.735508).
Item Number: NX.735508
Primary language: French; Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean.
Bregenz's Tales of Hoffmann is different from everything you saw before. The New York Times praised the "thoughtfulness and creativity" of Stefan Herheim's new production, devised by the director as a search for one's own self in a sparkling drag show. A "shining-toned" (NYT) Hoffmann is embodied by tenor Daniel Johansson in the title role. He is supported by a fantastic cast: "Rachel Frenkel is positively ideal as Muse and Niklausse" (Kurier), Kerstin Avemo as Olympia is "endowed with brilliant, cheekily extemporized coloraturas" (Neue Zurcher Zeitung), Michael Volle sings the parts of Lindorf, Coppelius, Dr. Miracle and Dappertutto, "the work's four villains, with warmth and intensity" (NYT) and Mandy Fredrich is a "finelyphrased Antonia" (Kurier).