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To create his opera, composer Jacques Offenbach wove together stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set the German writer in a pub to deliver them—keeping in mind that he prefers to speak (sing) in French. Seattle Opera's website says, "Long Story Short: Eccentric writer tells the stories of his three great failed romances while screwing up the fourth. But at least he has his art." This staging was popular in 2005 and promises to close the company's 50th season on a high note. Tenor William Burden sings Hoffmann, the three beautiful women will all be portrayed by French soprano Norah Amsellem, and mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, winner of Seattle Opera's 2010 Artist of the Year Award for creating the title role in Amelia, sings her critically acclaimed Muse/Nicklausse (a role that's both goddess and teenage boy).