Hoffmanns Erzählungen (2011)

10/30/2011 (DE) DramaFantasyMusic 2h 48m
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Live performance, Bayerische Staatsoper, 2011. The Tales of Hoffmann (French: LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN) is an opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach that combines three short stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann into a haunting whole: a melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer. One of the questions this opera poses for any director is how to link the 'tales' of Hoffmann's three lost loves together and knit them satisfactorily into the Prologue and Epilogue. In this production, Richard Jones solves the puzzle by turning it into an autobiographical journey which ends with a grand meet-up of all the characters Hoffmann has encountered: for once, Hoffmann is not presented as a rollicking kind of drunken story-spinner, but rather a sad-eyed, sobered-up depressive, who reaches for the bottle only because his disastrous love life has gone wrong yet again.

  1. Michael Beyer

    Director

  2. Jules Barbier

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Rolando Villazón

    Hoffmann

  2. Diana Damrau

    Diana Damrau

    Olympia / Giulietta / Antonia / Stella

  3. John Relyea

    John Relyea

    Lindorff / Coppélius / Miracle / Dapertutto

  4. Kevin Conners

    Cochenille / Pitichinaccio / Frantz

  5. Angela Brower

    Nicklausse / La Muse

  6. Ulrich Reß

    Spalanzani

  7. Dean Power

    Nathanaël

  8. Tim Kuypers

    Hermann

  9. Christian Rieger

    Schlémil

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Original Language French

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