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Vittorio Grigolo, ideal for his Met role in 'The Tales of Hoffmann' / The Epoch Times

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Jacques Offenbach's "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" (The Tales of Hoffmann) is back at the Metropolitan Opera in a sparkling production, directed by Bartlett Sher and starring tenor Vittorio Grigolo. They, plus a strong supporting cast, the excellent orchestra under conductor Johannes Debus and the chorus under Donald Palumbo, make this revival is a treat for opera lovers. From his golden voice to his matinee idol looks to his energy-he even dances along with the crowd while singing the tavern aria-Grigolo is ideal for the part. Occasionally one singer portrays all of the three loves (as Joan Sutherland did), but here, as in recent years, they are all played by different women.

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