Customer Reviews


4 Reviews
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting new (to me) version
This is a revue of Les Contes d'Hoffman by the Gran Teatre del Liceu from 2014 starring Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri and Michele Losier among others.

Because Offenbach died before fully completing Les Contes d'Hoffman there are a lot of different versions around and this was one that I hadn't seen before which made it particularly interesting. There were...
Published 18 months ago by M. Ball

versus
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrific performance, poor video quality
I've seen this production "live" as it is a share with the San Francisco Opera and Lyon. It comes across much better in the theatre than on video. The performers here are wonderful but the quality of the video is terrible. The color is all washed out. It looks like what you might see from a low budget movie from the 1960's or a film with very faded color. You can...
Published 17 months ago by G. Stefan Lazar


Most Helpful First | Newest First

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrific performance, poor video quality, 31 Jan. 2014
By 
This review is from: Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
I've seen this production "live" as it is a share with the San Francisco Opera and Lyon. It comes across much better in the theatre than on video. The performers here are wonderful but the quality of the video is terrible. The color is all washed out. It looks like what you might see from a low budget movie from the 1960's or a film with very faded color. You can tell immediately with the view of the audience before the performance starts that there is something very wrong. There is no excuse for the poor quality of transfer. I have a copy of this performance when it was televised in Europe and the video quality is excellent. The only reason I am keeping this is for the English titles. My televised copy has French titles.

However, the end result is that this is definitely worth having - not only for the wonderful performance but for the "new" edition which I found to be very effective.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A few magical but Psychological moments., 20 Feb. 2014
By 
Mr. Mc Warwick (UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
I have always had mixed views about Laurent Pelley productions. Some work well and some kind of work. The man always seems to be obsessed with back stage machinery both real and imaginary. To my mind to strip any theatre bare and show back wall and emergency exits completely kills all the magic of the stage.
Here again we were subject to some of this mingled with some weird Psychology. Scene one of the story should give the heady atmosphere of a beer and wine sodden students drinking cellar. In this production it looked more like a waiting room at your local Psychiatric clinic. Again as is often the normal these days we had a near static chorus with no acting ability or credit. Why do so many Operas these days kill the action ? Surely a concert performance would serve just as well but I digress!
So many shades of grey, pealing wall paper and the twilight shading. I did so much enjoy, without any doubt, the mechanical doll scenes which really lifted the performance from its gloom. The nutty press scientist critics also enlivened those scenes. The Antonia scenes ( pealing wallpaper) Were ,as they should be, very claustrophobic and opposing. Moving staircases? - Harry Potter springs to mind! again use of stage machinery. In the final Venice scenes Floating sofas not gondolas???
Fortunately all the character parts were so perfect and saved the whole show for me. Particularly the menacing villain in all his anti - hero guises. A real nightmare character perhaps more sinister than was called for at times. The Tenor lead was suitably pathetic and all the three leading ladies were excellent portrayals. The trouser role was also satisfying in his/her protective and suffering devotion to Hoffman.
I am open minded in my appraisal of the production to my own personal tastes and this is a very complicated Opera to understand and there is no doubt it has many psychological issues to consider so maybe others wont share my view. Offenbach gave us so much comedy all through his life so maybe we are meant to look deeper into the inner world of this adorable clown in his final work for the stage. Maybe we are all missing something or are we looking to deeply?
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting new (to me) version, 11 Jan. 2014
By 
M. Ball - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
This is a revue of Les Contes d'Hoffman by the Gran Teatre del Liceu from 2014 starring Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri and Michele Losier among others.

Because Offenbach died before fully completing Les Contes d'Hoffman there are a lot of different versions around and this was one that I hadn't seen before which made it particularly interesting. There were several numbers I had not heard before. This was clearly the version Powel and Pressburger had based there film version on (although they cut a good hour of material and changed things around quite a lot).

My only real complaint of the performance was that the staging was a little plain - presumably because of the many fairly rapid scene changes that were needed. Everything else was excellent.
There was a big cast all of whom were at least good. Of the bigger roles Natalie Dessay (Antonia), Laurent Naouri (Lindorf, Dapertutto etc.) and Michele Losier (Nicklausse) stood out as particularly good and Kathleen Kim (Olympia) was excellent in a small but very difficult role. Both Stephane Deneve and the Liceu orchestra were first rate.

Video and Sound were very good and the video editing (which must have been quite difficult in some of the scenes) was excellent.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Oct. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
excellent
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann [DVD] [2014]
Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann [DVD] [2014] by Stephane Deneve (DVD - 2014)
£15.81
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews