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MATTHEW POLENZANI

THE TALES OF HOFFMA NN JACQUES OFFENBACH

The always-astonishing Natalie Dessay and the incomparable Matthew Polenzani star in this richly imaginative and psychologically probing romantic classic.

In this marvelously melodic masterpiece, a sensitive poet searches for love and repeatedly finds it lies just beyond his reach. Natalie Dessay, “one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world” (The New York Times), displays her remarkable versatility portraying the four very different women who capture Hoffmann’s heart. Matthew Polenzani, a tenor with a “trademark sweet sound and tenderness” who can “ring out with unabashed operatic fervor and big top notes” (The New York Times), sings the title role. Alice Coote, who “gave an arresting, vocally robust performance” (San Francisco Chronicle) as Charlotte in Werther (2010), returns as The Muse and Nicklausse. Christian Van Horn brings his “sonorous” and “ringing vocalism” (Opera News) to the roles of the four villains. NEW PRODUCTION

CAST

PERFORMANCES

Hoffmann: Matthew Polenzani Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella: Natalie Dessay Nicklausse, The Muse: Alice Coote Coppélius, Dapertutto, Dr. Miracle, Lindorf: Christian Van Horn

JUNE 2013 5 7:30pm · 11 8pm · 14 8pm · 20 7:30pm 23 2pm · 27 7:30pm · 30 2pm

PRODUCTION Conductor: Patrick Fournillier Director: Laurent Pelly Set Designer: Chantal Thomas Associate Director: Christian Räth Dramaturg: Agathe Mélinand *San Francisco Opera debut

JULY 2013 3 7:30pm · 6 8pm OperaVision in Balcony. See page 14. Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes including two intermissions Co-production with Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) Sung in French with English supertitles Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. This production is made possible, in part, by The Bernard Osher Endowment Fund, The Thomas Tilton Production Fund and Chevron. Ms. Dessay’s and Mr. Polenzani’s appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund by Joan and David Traitel.

Photo: Matthew Polenzani by Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago

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