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Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann)

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New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
February 28 18:30, March 03 14:00, March 06 14:00, March 10 14:00
Performers
New National Theatre
Sébastien RoulandConductor
Philippe ArlaudDirector, Set Designer
Andrea UhmannCostume Designer
Dmitry KorchakTenorHoffmann
Yoko YasuiSopranoOlympia
Ryoko SunakawaSopranoAntonia
Keiko YokoyamaSopranoGiulietta
Lena BelkinaSopranoNicklausse, The Muse
Tomasz KoniecznyBassLindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dappertutto
Mutsumi TaniguchiMezzo-sopranoStella, Voice of Antonia's Mother
Hideyuki AochiTenorAndres, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio
Mitsuya OkuboBaritoneCrespel, Luther
Kenji MoriguchiBaritonePeter Schlemil
Masahiko HareBaritoneSpalanzani
New National Theatre Chorus
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

Sung in French with Japanese surtitles

This is Philippe ARLAUD's production of a whimsical love story. It is Jacques OFFENBACH's sole opera, best known for its "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour" ("Beauteous Night, O Night of Love"), other highlights including the "Chanson de Kleinzach" ("Song of little Zaches") sung by Hoffman, and that ultimate showcase of coloratura soprano singing, the "Les oiseaux dans la charmille" ("The birds in the arbour") aria sung by Olympia. This is ARLAUD's first production at the New National Theatre Tokyo, and he brings added depth to the work with costumes radiating wit and humour, as well as effective use of fluorescent colours on a black stage, bringing out the sense of fantasy of the original work.

The conductor, Sébastien ROULAND, appears at the New National Theatre Tokyo, for the first time. This eminent Offenbach scholar gives orthodox interpretations of French music. Hoffman is played by Dmitri KORCHAK, who met great success in 2016 in "Werther", and makes another appearance here in French opera, in which he excels. Lena BELKINA, a star of bel canto, plays Nicklausse, La Muse. The four villainous roles of Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Miracle and Dapertutto are played by Tomasz KONIECZNY, a consummate actor with a reputation as such, who sings dramatic bass baritone in Wagnerian works and appears for the first time at the New National Theatre Tokyo.

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