The Tales of Hoffmann

Constance Plays Olympia

Constance Plays Olympia

Constance really enjoyed going to the MET’s Live in HD presentation of  the Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach.  The story is a bizzare fictional account of the several great (but unsuccessful) love affairs of the real poet E. T. A.Hoffman who died in 1822.  One of his Operatic inamoratas was a mechanical doll called Olympia.  Constance approves in principle, after all she knows several people who feel very fond of dolls, even without wearing magic glasses!  She also feels that to be beloved by a cutie like Vittorio Grigolo would be no hardship.

Among other things, the real Hoffman wrote fantastic and macabre fiction.  He is the author of the story upon which the Nutcracker Ballet is based!

 Click here to see and hear the Doll Song.

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8 thoughts on “The Tales of Hoffmann

  1. we always enjoy the operatic adventures of Constance She looks quite fetching , as always. thank you for the descriptions of this opera. had never heard of it before. I feel enlightened!!

    • It is an odd story, and the Operatic Doll comes to a rather sticky end, though everything happens very tunefully of course. We were quite glad to see all the performers with their limbs intact at the curtain call!

  2. This is all very interesting. I’ve certainly heard of Hoffman as well as am familiar with the title, Tale of Hoffman, but not the content. Watching that “doll” (how did they keep that crown atop her head?) perform intrigues the Müttersholtz household. We shall have to check into this. Thank you, Constance and human!

    • I wonder if the crown is attached to the bright pink wig, which would then have to be strapped on invisibly somehow! They did interview some of the props-people at the intermission, but didn’t explain that. I wonder if it is considered a prop, wig, or costume?

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