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Unmistakably French

Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann,
reviewed by GIUSEPPE PENNISI

 

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

Copyright © 30 December 2014 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy

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JACQUES OFFENBACH

ITALY

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