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Tall Tales

by Gabe Schlesinger, Staff Writer

Imagine a world of magic and science put together to embarrass and torment one man, Hoffmann. It is also the world that all of Mrs. Singer's chorus classes witnessed on April 21, 2004 at the Ohio Theater in Cleveland. Every year Mrs. Singer takes her kids to an opera. She does this, " expose us to something we might not otherwise see." Mrs. Singer started this annual tradition three years ago.

In addition to just going to see the opera, a representative group from the Cleveland Opera comes to West Geauga to give a preview of the opera. This year the opera was The Tales Of Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach, composed in 1880. The opera is about a man named Hoffmann and his past three loves. Olympia, the clockwork doll, Antonia, the diseased singer, and Giulietta, the courtesan. These three love affairs culminate in Stella, the "compilation of three souls."

The play was excellently performed with the French lyrics translated on a small screen above the stage. Said Jill Gehlfuss, "The opera was well performed and very enlightening." If you want to see this for yourself, a movie was released in 1999 on DVD called Des Contes D'Hoffmann.

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