LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN:Offenbach
Original Air Date: 02/05/1983
Rudel; Riegel, Devlin, Bradley, Cortez, Malfitano, Catania, Atherton
This is not an ideal cast, but I have appended James Atherton who does the comic tenor quartet of roles. He was a fine singer lost much too early. This performance catches Malfitano as Antonia early in her career. She went on to do all the heroines. Julius Rudel probably has conducted Hoffmann as much as anyone and he conducted my first Hoffmann with NYCO based cast of Sills, Domingo, Treigle in Philadelphia in 1965. Rudel is second only to Hasselmans (from the 1920s) with 37 Met appearances as conductor. This is not my first choice cast, but Malfitano (Antonia only), Devlin, and Atherton with Troyanos, Morris,and Velis no longer around for the broadcast.
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