‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’ in HamburgScroll
Luca Pisaroni returns to the Staatsoper Hamburg to star as The Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, joined by his colleagues Benjamin Bernheim as Hoffmann, Olga Peretyatko as Olympia, Giulietta, Stella and Antonia, and Angela Brower as The Muse and Nicklausse. The performances take place on September 4, 7, 10, 16, 19, 22 and 25. Kent Nagano conducts.
“Pisaroni’s booming bass voice during the Hoffmann and Crespel trio dominated each moment, particularly as he summoned Antonia to the stage. In the final trio with Antonia and her mother’s ghost, the Italian bass-baritone gave his phrasing some snarky and demonic undertones and his stage presence was irresistible as he would appear in different parts of the stage tempting Antonia to sing. Once Pisaroni’s Miracle won her over, he towered over Peretyatko’s Antonia and his deep and resonant voice unleashed its voluminous potential into the auditorium.” (Francisco Salazar, OperaWire)