The Bluebottle Boys (Vol. 2) — Chapter 28, Birmingham (UK), 14 April 1962: The Red Shoes & Tales of Hoffman (Part 4)

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In Act II, Giulietta’s story, he was her pimp: Black magician Dappertutto, who hypnotized and controlled dark, sensuous witch-prostitute Giulietta, she who stole men’s reflections – including Hoffmann’s. Her “Barcarole,” though not as haunting to me as the “Doll Song,” still lingered with me thereafter for quite a while. After Hoffmann fought a fatal duel […]