Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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Jacques Offenbach
Libretto by Jules Barbier after the play by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

Opéra fantastique in five acts
The protagonist of the opera is E.T.A. Hoffmann, the prototype of the German romantic period artist: his life is an artwork, his lower depths, his doubts, his grand inspirations – his crises. And all of these are connected with: women. Hoffmann in the opera tells of three types of woman in his tales, the “lifeless doll with a heart of ice”, the “virtuoso”, ill and destined to die, as well as the “shameless courtesan”.

Jacques Offenbach’s opera fantastique, premièred in 1881, is based on the play of the same name by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, who drew from the biographies and works of E.T.A. Hoffmann, Adelbert von Chamisso and Alfred de Musset to create their own artist’s drama. It is not a literature opera – the protagonists from different romantic tales are connected to one another by a fictitious Hoffmann – but rather more of a message to the writer, telling him to make art his matter of the heart, or perhaps even open up his heart with brutal frankness.

Based on the edition by Michael Kaye and Jean-Christophe Keck, © Schott Music International

In French with German surtitles

Coproduction with the English National Opera London

Musikalische Leitung Constantin Trinks
Inszenierung Richard Jones
Bühne Giles Cadle
Kostüme Buki Shiff
Choreographie Lucy Burge
Licht Mimi Jordan Sherin
Dramaturgie Rainer Karlitschek
Chor Sören Eckhoff

Olympia Jane Archibald
Antonia Genia Kühmeier
Giulietta Brenda Rae
Cochenille / Pitichinaccio / Frantz Kevin Conners
Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle Christian Van Horn
Nicklausse/Muse Angela Brower
Stimme aus dem Grab Qiulin Zhang
Hoffmann Rolando Villazón
Spalanzani Ulrich Reß
Nathanael Dean Power
Hermann Andrea Borghini
Schlémil Christian Rieger
Wilhelm Petr Nekoranec
Crespel / Luther Peter Lobert

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
The Chorus of Bayerische Staatsoper