Les Contes D’Hoffmann

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Jacques Offenbach’s opera is a rich musical vein of atmosphere and melody, and in it the audience follows a romantic poet in whose imagination the women he loves are repeatedly stolen from him by a succession of villains. Read More >

In 1980, with The Tales of Hoffmann for The Royal Opera, film director John Schlesinger created a fabulous version of a fantastic tale. The lavish staging and wonderful story have made it a favourite in the repertory and for this revival Rolando Villazón returns in the leading role with which he made such a stunning Royal Opera debut in 2004.

Jacques Offenbach’s opera is a rich musical vein of atmosphere and melody – its Barcarolle is especially famous – and in it the audience follows a romantic poet in whose imagination the women he loves are repeatedly stolen from him by a succession of villains. These are performances to enjoy for so many elements: showpieces for great opera singers, grand choruses, the intimacy of Hoffmann and his loves, the sumptuous and large-scale stage pictures of rich 19th-century design.

Audiences can become enthralled by the story’s clockwork doll and also admire the vocal virtuosity of the singer who portrays her; they can be mesmerized by the villains who haunt Hoffmann and also enjoy the performance of the single singer who plays all four of them. Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, conducts a star cast in a perfect mix of great opera and the thrill of live theatre.

Performed in French with English surtitles.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 25/11/2008

Closing Night: 13/12/2008

Running time: 3h50

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Cast & Creative

Cast

Rolando Vilazon, Gidon Saks, Kristine Jepson, Graham Clark, Ekaterina Lekhina/Vassiliki Karayanni, Christine Rice, Katie Van Kooten, Robin Leggate, Kostas Smoriginas, Matthew Rose, Lynton Black, Changhan Lim, Ji-Min Park, Gaynor Keeble

Creative

Producer - Original production: John Schlesinger. Revival: Dan Dooner

Choreographer - Eleanor Fazan

Conductor - Antonio Pappano

Lighting Designer - David Hersey

Set Designer - William Dudley

Music By - Jacques Offenbach

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