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Total duration 3 h 20 min
1 intermission (30 min)
8 performances
19.10.2018 – 20.11.2018
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
15-129 €
Performed in french
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

An incredibly inventive look at love problems

Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann; Jenny Carlstedt; Franco Pomponi

A poet details the great loves of his life – we promise you’ll find this story so entertaining that you’d never want it to end. The new production about three unlucky love stories features soprano Helena Juntunen and the Canadian opera diva Measha Brueggergosman in the lead roles.

Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann

Opéra Fantastique in five acts

Hoffmann’s fast-paced stories will grab you from the very start. Johannes Erath’s critically-acclaimed direction maintains constant action onstage, while still giving space to Jacques Offenbach’s entrancingly beautiful music. What’s more, the border between the stage and the audience will be blurred in a surprising way. True to its name, the eventful opera is based on the stories of poet E. T. A. Hoffmann.

Recommended for children over the age of 12.

The Tales of Hoffmann is a production of the highly renowned Semperoper Dresden.

Libretto by Jules Barbier, based on the play by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré. Edited by Michael Kaye and Jean-Christophe Keck.

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Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann; Franco Pomponi; Rocío Pérez

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Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann

Get ready for a captivating story full of twists, turns and surprises

Offenbach: the tales of hoffmann; Measha Brueggergosman; Sari Nordqvist; Franco Pomponi; Helena Juntunen; Rocío Pérez

”This production is both-and, it has so many layers. The stories overlap, divide, interlock and break apart again. In our direction, we’ve tried to stay true to Hoffmann’s kaleidoscopic storytelling style. There is no continuity in life. We’d love there to be, but reality bites every time.”

– Director Johannes Erath

Synopsis

The poet Hoffmann details the great loves of his life. First he is in love with Olympia who is perfect – apart from the fact that she’s in fact a mechanical doll. Then we meet the sick Antonia who will die if she sings, and yet she bursts into song. Finally, we’re introduced to the Venetian courtesan Giulietta to the tune of the famous barcarolle.

You can read the complete synopsis in the programme leaflet.

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Creative team

Music
Jacques Offenbach
Director
Johannes Erath
Sets
Heike Scheele
Costumes
Gesine Völlm
Lighting design
Fabio Antoci
Video design
Alexander Scherpink

Cast

Performances and tickets

3 h 20 min
1 intermission (30 min)
8 performances
19.10.2018 – 20.11.2018
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
15-129 €
Performed in french
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Thu 25.10.2018
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 27.10.2018
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Thu 1.11.2018
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 10.11.2018
at 14:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Wed 14.11.2018
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Fri 16.11.2018
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Tue 20.11.2018
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Fri 19.10.2018
at 19:00

Performances on 19 Oct, 25 Oct, 27 Oct, 14 Nov, 16 Nov and 20 Nov are included in the season ticket. Individual tickets will go on sale on 12 June 2018.

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