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New twist on 'Hoffmann' planned for Jorgensen
April 18, 1997

UConn Opera's fully staged production of Jacques Offenbach's final opera, The Tales of Hoffmann, will be presented at Jorgensen Auditorium at 8 p.m. April 24.

The portrayal of the three tragic romances of the German poet E.T.A. Hoffmann is directed by Ron Luchsinger. UConn Opera will be joined by the University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Rives-Jones. The opera will be sung in French, with English supertitles.

Traditionally, the role of Hoffmann is played by one person, but UConn Opera's performance will feature three singers: Ben Davidson, Ricardo Gomez and Albert Lee. The triple-casting allows the audience to understand the different psychological states the character of Hoffmann experiences in each romance and enables UConn Opera to showcase talent.

Hoffmann's three loves will be played by Susan Consoli, Meredith Anne Hansen and Constance Rock. The production also will feature Elena Moreno and Monika Krajewska. Virginia Pyle, a professor of music and coordinator of voice and opera, is UConn Opera's artistic director.

For ticket information, call 486-4226.


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