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Roberta Peters Sings Olympia's Aria From The Tales of Hoffmann. Live

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Uploaded on Nov 28, 2011

The ever-unlucky-in-love Hoffman's first disastrous affair occurs when he visits the inventor Spalanzani, who shows him his latest creation, the mechanical doll Olympia, whom Hoffmann believes to be Spalanzani's daughter. He falls in love, then into despair when it becomes apparent his love is an automaton. Peters is in splendid voice in this recorded live performance, and displays her extreme top to advantage, picking an Eb out of the air in a crisp attack near the end of the aria. An added charming feature is the clear sound of the clockwork being wound as the doll's singing starts to run down.

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