Saturday, Jan. 31, watch Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann).
The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.
Brown will provide historical background on the day’s opera and discuss salient aspects of the drama, music, and performance. The opera itself begins at noon.
The lecture series is coordinated by Eugene Gaub, associate professor of music.
Tickets are available at the Pioneer Bookshop, the Grinnell College Bookstore, and at the door on the day of the show.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children, and Met Opera members.
Tickets for Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students have been generously funded by the Office of the President and are available at no cost at all ticket locations. Family members not employed by the college are required to purchase tickets.
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