Vittorio Grigòlo and Leonardo Capalbo share the title role and lead an excellent cast including Thomas Hampson, Sonya Yoncheva, Christine Rice and Sofia Fomina in Offenbach’s operatic drama The Tales of Hoffmann.
Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) is the most popular opera from a composer otherwise better known for his operettas. Offenbach adapted Jules Barbier and Michel Carré’s play, in which Hoffmann is cast as the deeply flawed teller of his own tales. The composer’s death shortly before the opera’s completion has resulted in a number of alternative versions.
The Royal Opera’s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann was created in 1980 by the award-winning director John Schlesinger, best known for his work in film (Midnight Cowboy, Sunday Bloody Sunday) and television (Cold Comfort Farm, An Englishman Abroad). Schlesinger’s production sets Hoffman’s tales in the late 19th century, the time in which Offenbach wrote his opera. William Dudley’s magnificent set designs and Maria Björnson’s sumptuous costumes realize Hoffmann’s imaginative world.
The story centres around storyteller Hoffmann and his rival in love, Councillor Lindorf. Lindorf goads Hoffmann into telling the tales of his three great loves – each destroyed by a villain who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lindorf.
The performance lasts around 3 hours 30 minutes, including two intervals.
Sung in French with English surtitles.
For more information or to book tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here
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