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The Sunday Opera: "The Tales of Hoffmann" from the Los Angeles Opera


Jacques Offenbach’s charming setting of stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann will be on air for this week’s Sunday Opera (8/13 – 3:00 p.m.).  This performance from the Los Angeles Opera stars Vittorio Grigolo in as Hoffmann and Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse and The Muse of Poetry.  Nicolas Teste appears as the four foils in Hoffmann’s life, Lindorf, Coppelius,  Dapertutto, and Dr. Miracle.  The four women in Hoffmann’s life are sung by So Young Park as the nearly human doll Olympia, Kate Aldrich as the treacherous Giuletta, and Diana Damrau as the doomed Antonia.  Damrau also appears as Hoffmann’s current inamorata, Stella.  The LA Opera Chorus and Orchestra are conducted this time by Placido Domingo.  Stay tuned after the opera for more music by Offenbach as Michael Kownacky brings you Offenbach’s Concerto Rondo in G major for Cello and Orchestra, the overture and selections from the Ballet of the Snowflakes from the operetta “Journey to the Moon,” and a truly delightful recording of the “Tipsy Waltz” from “La Perichole” by the incredible Claudia Novikova.

Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.