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.
”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
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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