Metropolitan Opera: Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Airs Saturday, January 31 at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who is singing his first Met performances of the title role. Baritone Thomas Hampson adds a new role to his extensive repertory as the Four Villains who interfere with Hoffmann’s courtship of four women: the mechanical doll Olympia, sung by soprano Erin Morley; the frail singer Antonia and the self-absorbed diva Stella, both portrayed by soprano Hibla Gerzmava; and the Venetian courtesan Giulietta, sung by mezzo-soprano Christine Rice. Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey reprises the role of Hoffmann's muse, who disguises herself as his friend Nicklausse. French-Canadian conductor Yves Abel leads the performance. Les Contes d’Hoffmann will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, January 31.