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What an amazing concoction: three very different performances of Olympia's aria from Tales of Hoffmann. My favorite was the gold ringletted Shirley Temple inspiration. Intersersed between are two versions of Zerbinetta's "Grossmaechtlicher Princessin". You get a drug-addicted prostitute and a beach babe. Somwhere in there are the the two arias for the Queen of the Night from two different productions of Magic Flute, one mad and bloody Lucie d' Lammermoor "en deshabille", one mad and bloody Ophelie, and a chimney sweep Feu with a penchant for arson from a studio film version of Les Sortileges. Then there's a "Glitter and be Gay" in concert, a "Voices of Spring" walk on in Fledermaus and a couple of wild Offenbach soubrettes to round out the program. Added to all this are the singer's own anecdotal introductions to each aria. This is some of the most entertaining opera viewing I've had a long while.