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The Tales of Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Sep
29
Oct
02
04
06
09
Fantasty Opera in five acts
Libretto by Jules Barbier based on the eponymous play by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann
Duration: 3h15
Incl. 2 intermissions
CHF: 30.00 - 175.00
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Season opening with the most serious piece composed by the comic opera master

Celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Jacques Offenbach by opening the season with the most serious of the pieces composed by the master of comic opera. As Offenbach died while it was being rehearsed, Les contes d’Hoffmann remained unfinished. The work thus floats in a glorious feeling of infinity, leaving free course to interpretation and lifting its creator to the promising rank of opera composer. How was this German composer able to triumph on the French scene, becoming in just a few years ‘King of the Second Empire’ before finding success on a worldwide scale? For the story, Offenbach returns to the romantic universe of E.T.A. Hoffman, author, artist and composer with an eventful life. Does this dreamlike world, populated by ghosts of a dangerously recent past, memories and fleeting images not also reflect the intimate life of Offenbach in person or, in short, the artist? We must in any case believe that the musical imagination of the young comic opera cellist beautified the airs he heard from the orchestra pit to become the genius we know today.

Beate Ritter
Olympia
Vannina Santoni
Antonia
Jean-Yves Ossonce
Direction
Stefano Poda
Direction, Set, Costumes and Lights

Fantasy Opera in five acts

Libretto by Jules Barbier based on the eponymous play by Jules Barbieret, Michel Carré, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann

First performance at the Opéra Comique, Paris, February 10, 1881

Editions Choudens (by Ernest Guiraud), Paris and Editions Bärenreiter (by Fritz Oeser), Kassel

Olympia
Beate Ritter
Antonia
Vannina Santoni
Giulietta
Géraldine Chauvet
Hoffmann
Jean-François Borras
4 Devils
Nicolas Courjal
La Muse / Nicklausse
Carine Séchaye
4 Valets
Frédéric Longbois
Mother
Qiulin Zhang
Spalanzani
Marcin Habela
Luther / Crespel
Alexandre Diakoff
Hermann / Schlemil
Mohamed Haidar
Nathanael
Jean Miannay
Direction
Jean-Yves Ossonce
Direction, Set, Costumes and Lights
Stefano Poda
Assistant
Paolo Giani Cei

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