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Product Code: 33470 Category: DVD Composer: Offenbach Title: Les Contes d’Hoffmann - 2 DVDs Price: 33.60 € Performer: Vincenzo La Scola, tenor - Ruggero Raimondi, bass-baritone - Desirée Rancatore, soprano - Sara Allegretta, soprano - Annalisa Raspagliosi, soprano - Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana - Frédéric Chaslin, conductor - Pier Luigi Pizzi, director, set and costume designer
All Regions | NTSC | DOLBY DIGITAL | DTS | LINEAR PCM 2.0 | Colour | 16:9 | 155 min.
Les Contes d’Hoffmann is a great, unfinished masterpiece. In 1880 Hoffenbach’s health began to deteriorate rapidly. Les Contes d’Hoffmann had already been programmed for the 1880/81 season of the Opéra-Comique but Offenbach
was having a hard time finishing it and worked only in the moments of respite from his illness. he died on October 5th, leaving the opera incomplete (we still do not know to what extent). And so Ernest Guiraud, a ”specialist” who had already transformed into recitatives the spoken parts of Bizet’s Carmen, was called to finish the task. The opera was first staged at the Opéra-Comique on 10th February 1881 and met with great success. Soon it was being performed in the most important theatres of the world. Our edition has an Italian cast of exceptional quality, in which stand out the amazing voice of Desirée Rancatore, the extraordinary artistry of Ruggiero Raimondi and the fascinating direction of Pier Luigi Pizzi.Pizzi, one of today’s most creative directors.
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Les contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach
Annalisa Raspagliosi (Soprano),
Ruggero Raimondi (Bass Baritone),
Vincenzo La Scola (Tenor),
Désirée Rancatore (Soprano),
Sara Allegretta (Soprano)
Written: 1881; Paris, France
Length: 155 Minutes 0 Secs.
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