MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Opera presents Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann on Friday, April 15 and Sunday, April 17 in Overture Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts.
This will be the company’s first production in twenty years of Offenbach’s masterpiece, which moves in a fantasy world. It offers showpiece arias for the bravura cast, the gorgeous “Barcarolle,” and a truly moving tribute to what it means to be an artist.
“The Tales of Hoffmann is one of my absolute favorite operas,” says Kathryn Smith, Madison Opera’s general director. “I love the music, the story, the myriad facets to the characters, and the fact that no two productions of this opera are identical. It has comedy, tragedy, drinking songs, lyrical arias, and even some magic tricks.”
Madison Opera’s cast features a quartet of debuts in the leading roles. Harold Meers, who sang at Opera in the Park 2015, makes his mainstage debut as Hoffmann, the poet. Siân Davies makes her debut singing three of Hoffmann’s loves – Antonia, Giulietta, and Stella. Jeni Houser returns following her recent performance as Amy in Little Women to sing the role of Olympia. Baritone Morgan Smith makes his debut as Hoffmann’s nemesis, who appears in forms both sinister and comic. Making her debut as Hoffmann’s sidekick Nicklausse, who also turns out to be his Muse, is mezzo Adriana Zabala.
Returning to Madison Opera as the four servants is Jared Rogers, who sang Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd.
Thomas Forde, last here as Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, sings the dual roles of Luther and Crespel. Robert Goderich, who sang Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, sings Spalanzani, the mad inventor. Tyler Alessi makes his debut as Schlemil. Three Madison Opera Studio Artists round out the cast: Kelsey Park as the voice of Antonia’s dead mother and William Ottow and Nathaniel Hill as two students.
Madison Opera’s production is set in the 1920s, with stylish costumes that are perfect for Offenbach’s fantasy that travels time and location. Kristine McIntyre, who directed Dead Man Walking and A Masked Ball for Madison Opera, stages this complex story that has a vast dramatic scope.
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