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Take a trip into the fanciful worlds of our bachelor, Hoffmann

 

If E.T.A. Hoffmann were alive today, he’d be on The Bachelor. He’d be meeting the wrong women, falling for them, and ultimately having his heart broken. EVERY TIME.

While it sounds like he’s a brooding artist with a dark soul – he’s really just a drunk guy at a tavern tripping out on his lost loves.

Over the course of his short life, Hoffmann falls for three women…and each failed love story he shares transports you to a world of whimsy, deception or magic spells.

(Check out The Tales of Hoffmann movie below to get a taste of the magic the opera inspires.)

Rather than three sheets to the wind – Hoffmann tells three tales.

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Music Monday: Pagliacci Prologue

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George Gagnidze singing in The Metropolitan Opera Spring Highlights Concert

Pagliacci opens not with a love triangle scene between Canio, Nedda, and Silvio, but instead with a clown. This is Tonio, the fool of Canio’s troupe. He emerges and addresses the audience directly—“Si puo, si puo,” asking for indulgence.

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Making the Case for Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci: Breaking the Barrier

Schicchi 2008 Image

Gianni Schicchi (2008)

One of the most compelling aspects of these two operas is that each breaks the barrier of the fourth wall, that imaginary boundary between the actors and the audience. With Gianni Schicchi, we make it through the entire opera before this disturbing postscript annuls the cumulative comic impulse. In Pagliacci, the fourth wall is broken at the beginning and at the end of the opera, creating an instability that runs as an undercurrent through the whole piece.

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