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Les Contes d'Hoffmann – 'Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour'

Extracts | Offenbach

'Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour', known as a barcarolle is a duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano which opens the third act of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Jacques Offenbach’s last opera. It is one of opera’s most famous medodies, sung by the Veneitian courtesan Giulietta (Christine Rice) and Hoffmann’s Muse, who has taken on the appearance of Hoffmann’s best friend, Nicklausse (Irene Roberts). 

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