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Komische Oper Berlin

The Tales of Hoffmann – 'La Chanson d’Olympia'

Extracts | Offenbach

The mechanical doll Olympia (Nicole Chevalier) sings "Les oiseaux dans la charmille", one of the most difficult coloratura arias ever composed for soprano. As the aria’s nickname "Doll's Song" suggests, Olympia's mechanical gear has to be wound up repeatedly so that she can continue singing.

The full performance is no longer available but other material about the production can be found here.