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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Les Contes d'Hoffman


I went to the Met's revival of Les Contes d'Hoffman last night and wrote a review for parterre. An excerpt:

A wise man once said: “It’s absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” Vittorio Grigolo may be a narcissist, but at least he’s a charming one.

The above is the wonderful Erin Morley's Doll Song.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Ivy,

    I had to go to parterre.com (interesting place for opinions!) to read your great review of "Contes". I saw it a few yrs.back with Calleja and Netrebko(great) in a production that showed all that's wrong with a broadway director doing opera. I remember specifically the first act scene where the waiters(?) put table cloths over themselves and hopped around looking like talis wearing hasidic students at a yeshiva.Will I have to go to parterre to get your fabulous reviews from here on? Could be fun.

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    1. No I post here too, especially my dance reviews. It just depends whether La Cieca asks me to review for parterre.

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  2. PS
    On the other hand, we should be thankful that Sher didn't set Contes in Las Vegas or during the Spanish civil war.

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  3. PPS
    I saw Grigolo's Met debut as Rodolpho a few yrs.back and yes, he was bouncing all over the place but I was impressed with the beauty of his voice and the way it easily carried in the Met.

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