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Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, 10627, Deutschland
Oktober 24 18:30, Oktober 30 19:00, November 08 19:30
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Daniel CarterDirigent
Jeremy BinesDirigent
Laurent PellyRegisseur, Kostüme
Chantal ThomasBühnenbild
Tomislav MužekTenorHoffmann
Heather EngebretsonSopranOlympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella
Irene RobertsMezzosopranNicklausse, Die Muse
Byung Gil KimBassLindorff/Coppélius/Mirakel/Dapertutto, Coppélius, Miracle, Dapertutto
Gideon PoppeTenorAndres, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio
Andrew HarrisBassCrespel
Matthew CossackBaritonHermann
Padraic RowanBaritonLuther
Ya-Chung HuangTenorNathaniel
Timothy NewtonBassPeter Schlemil
Jörg SchörnerTenorSpalanzani
Annika SchlichtMezzosopranAntonias Mutter
Joël AdamLicht
Christian RäthWiederaufnahmeleitung
Jean-Jacques DelmotteKostüme
Charles CarcopinoVideo Artist
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

The muse emerges from a barrel – a wine barrel, to be precise, which in Offenbach’s final opera is the story of the poet Hoffmann’s life. In his fateful, inebriated fug he concocts three tales relating his unluckiness in love for three women, an artistic automaton (Olympia), a damsel (Antonia) and a courtesan (Giulietta). Three women – or maybe just one after all? Stella, a star in the operatic firmament, is feted for her onstage performance as Donna Anna while Hoffmann, now a ruin of a man, drowns his woes at Lutter & Wegner. In LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN Jacques Offenbach, the undisputed king of opéra bouffe, took a sober, serious musical approach that bears his unmistakeable signature. E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tales, adeptly woven into a storyline suitable for opera, provide a panopticon of aesthetic concerns and reflect – by turns grotesquely and tragically – the splendour and penury of the art world and its players.

French theatre and opera director and costumer Laurent Pelly brings his internationally hailed production to Berlin. Darky playful and set against fantastical backdrops and stirring chorus formations, this version renders the story of Hoffmann’s descent into madness and intoxication in faithful detail. Enrique Mazzola, already familiar to Deutsche Oper Berlin audiences as a leading interpreter of French repertory, is at the conductor’s stand.

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