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Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach (1819 – 1880)
Thu 24.10.2019 - 18:30 h
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Informationen zum Werk

Opera fantastique in five acts; Libretto by Jules Barbier based on the drame fantastique by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, edited by Michael Kaye and Jean-Christophe Keck; First performed on 10th February, 1881 in Paris; A co-production of Opéra National de Lyon with Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and San Francisco Opera, premiered on 19th November 2005; Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 1st December, 2018

Recommended from 13 years on

In French with German and English surtitles

3 hrs 50 mins / 2 intervals

45 minutes before beginning: Introduction (in German language)

Cast

Conductor

Daniel Carter

Director, Costume design

Laurent Pelly

Set design

Chantal Thomas

New libretto version and dialogues

Agathe Mélinand

Light design

Joël Adam

Costume assistance

Jean-Jacques Delmotte

Chorus-Master

Jeremy Bines

Hoffmann

Marc Laho

Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella

Heather Engebretson

Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dapertutto

Byung Gil Kim

La Muse, Nicklausse

Irene Roberts

Andrès, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio

Gideon Poppe

La Voix de la mère

Ronnita Miller

Spalanzani

Jörg Schörner

Crespel

Andrew Harris

Mâitre Luther

Andrew Harris

Schlemil

Timothy Newton

Nathanael

Ya-Chung Huang

About the performance

The muse emerges from a barrel – a wine barrel, to be precise, which in Offenbach’s final opera is the story of the poet Hoffmann’s life. In his fateful, inebriated fug he concocts three tales relating his unluckiness in love for three women, an artistic automaton (Olympia), a damsel (Antonia) and a courtesan (Giulietta). Three women – or maybe just one after all? Stella, a star in the operatic firmament, is feted for her onstage performance as Donna Anna while Hoffmann, now a ruin of a man, drowns his woes at Lutter & Wegner. In LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN Jacques Offenbach, the undisputed king of opéra bouffe, took a sober, serious musical approach that bears his unmistakeable signature. E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tales, adeptly woven into a storyline suitable for opera, provide a panopticon of aesthetic concerns and reflect – by turns grotesquely and tragically – the splendour and penury of the art world and its players.

French theatre and opera director and costumer Laurent Pelly brings his internationally hailed production to Berlin. Darky playful and set against fantastical backdrops and stirring chorus formations, this version renders the story of Hoffmann’s descent into madness and intoxication in faithful detail. Enrique Mazzola, already familiar to Deutsche Oper Berlin audiences as a leading interpreter of French repertory, is at the conductor’s stand.

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A co-production of Opéra National de Lyon with Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and San Francisco Opera.
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