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Tales of Hoffmann Review – San Francisco Opera does it differently

This is the seventh performance and the fourth different production of Tales of Hoffmann that I have seen during just the past year — and by far the most different. Since I have already written three reviews, I don’t want to repeat myself by talking about the plot. If you are not already familiar with the plot of a classic production, you may want to read my review of the Pocket Opera production before proceeding with this review. Continue reading »

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Orpheus Review – Pocket Opera Captures Essence of Offenbach’s Farce

Offenbach is one of Donald Pippin’s favorite opera composers, and Orpheus in the Underworld is one of his operas most often produced by Pocket Opera. Continue reading »

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Hoffmann Review – West Bay Opera presents a wonderfully integrated production

I never get tired of seeing Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann.  And a good thing, too, since in the space of three months I will have seen 6 performances of three quite different productions of the opera:  Continue reading »

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Pocket Opera’s Tales of Hoffmann Review – Worth Seeing Twice

The Opera-year 2012-13 promises to be a banner year for one of my favorite operas. Continue reading »

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The Cat Transformed into a Woman – The last of two one-act operas separated by one intermission and millions of emotional miles

It was a somber crowd that meandered back into the auditorium after the intermission of Cav & Cat. But we didn’t stay somber very long. All of us Pocket Opera regulars know that the combination of Donald Pippin’s translation and Jacques Offenbach’s music will leave us laughing and humming regardless of the particular title. And it only took Donald’s two-sentence introduction to start the new members of the audience chuckling. Continue reading »

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La Vie Parisienne Review – Offenbach is often back with Pocket Opera

Pocket Opera has seen many changes in its 33 years of existence, but this weekend I encountered three traditions that continue year after year.   They always produce at least one Offenbach Opera Bouffe, they always produce at least one concert style opera by Handel, and they always present some of their performances at alternative venues.  So —  Continue reading »

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Tales of Hoffmann

TALES OF HOFFMANN
Offenbach
December 19, 2009
Met HD
Cinemark, Palo Alto, CA

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