Hoffmann at ’Hurst

Caitlyn Lear, Staff writer

On Dec. 8 and Dec. 11, at 8 p.m., the D’Angelo Opera Theater will be performing “The Tales of Hoffmann.”
The DOT is celebrating the “Comic Opera” from Paris, France.
These operas are similar to American musical theater productions in the way that they include dialogue.
Most of the operas are performed at very grand venues, but for this one, it will be performed at the Walker Recital Hall.
“We are also doing them in a more intimate setting with wonderful costumes and lighting effects that should keep the audience entertained for the abridged, 90–minute productions,” director Louisa Jonason said.
“The Tales of Hoffmann” is about a man, Hoffmann, in search of the perfect woman.  The production will recount three of those failed relationships with Olympia the doll, Giulietta the courtesan and Antonia the fragile opera singer.  Each relationship is doomed because the women have fatal flaws, but also because Hoffmann is haunted by a demon.
The cast includes Brandon Alan Miller as Hoffmann, Victoria McIllvain and Maria Dombrowski as Olympia, Sarah Krempaski as Giulietta and Shelby Maberry and Lauren Ganger as Antonia.
Tickets are $5 for the general public and $2 for Mercyhurst students and faculty.