The Met Opera on WRTI: Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, Jan. 31, 1 PM
Tenor Vittorio Grigolo sings the title role of Hoffmann, the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer who is looking for love in Jacques Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, a fantasy opera based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann. The libretto was written by Jules Barber; the opera was first performed in 1881 in Paris. Saturday, January 31, 1 to 4:30 pm on WRTI.
One of the most-beloved opera arias is The Tales of Hoffmann's Barcarolle, Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour:
Conductor: Yves Abel
Olympia: Erin Morley
Antonia/Stella: Hibla Gerzmava
Giulietta: Christine Rice
Nicklausse: Kate Lindsey
Hoffmann: Vittorio Grigolo
Four Villains: Thomas Hampson
Listen to the septet "Hélas, mon cœur s'égare encore"