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Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach (1819 – 1880)

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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

In French with German and English surtitles

3 hrs 50 mins / 2 intervals

45 minutes before beginning: Introduction (in German language)



Enrique Mazzola

Director, Costume design

Laurent Pelly

Set design

Chantal Thomas

New libretto version and dialogues

Agathe Mélinand

Light design

Joël Adam

Revival director

Christian Räth

Costume assistance

Jean-Jacques Delmotte


Katharina Duda


Jeremy Bines


Daniel Johansson
Robert Watson (15.12.2018 | 05.01.2019 | 09.01.2019 | 12.01.2019)

Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella

Cristina Pasaroiu
Heather Engebretson (15.12.2018 | 05.01.2019)

Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dapertutto

Alex Esposito

La Muse, Nicklausse

Irene Roberts
Jana Kurucová (05.01.2019 | 09.01.2019 | 12.01.2019)

Andrès, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio

Gideon Poppe
Andrew Dickinson (15.12.2018 | 05.01.2019 | 09.01.2019 | 12.01.2019)

La Voix de la mère

Annika Schlicht
Maiju Vaahtoluoto (04.12.2018 | 08.12.2018 | 15.12.2018 | 12.01.2019)
Karolina Gumos (05.01.2019)


Jörg Schörner

Mâitre Luther

Tobias Kehrer
Andrew Harris (15.12.2018 | 05.01.2019 | 09.01.2019 | 12.01.2019)


James Platt


Bryan Murray


Byung Gil Kim


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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