Unlucky in Love
GIUSEPPE PENNISI visits Pisa for
The Tales of Hoffmann
In Jacques Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, the protagonist (a poet and a would-be womanizer, but with very little luck) tells his life and unlucky love stories to a group of drinking buddies while awaiting his latest would-be conquest, an opera singer, Stella, who is performing in Mozart's Don Giovanni. The stories he tells are more bitter than sweet; in each act, he courts unsuccessfully a different woman. When Don Giovanni is over and Stella arrives, the poor fellow is totally drunk. Of course, she goes out to dinner (and what not) with some other chap...
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