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Les Contes d'HoffmannNew production

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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, Germany
December 01, 04, 08, 15, 2019 January 05, 09, 12 at 19:30
Performers
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Enrique MazzolaConductor
Laurent PellyDirector, Costume Designer
Chantal ThomasSet Designer
Daniel JohanssonTenorHoffmann
Kathryn LewekSopranoOlympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella
Irene RobertsMezzo-sopranoNicklausse, The Muse
Alex EspositoBassLindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dappertutto
Gideon PoppeTenorAndres, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio
James PlattBassCrespel
Bryan MurrayBaritoneHermann
Tobias KehrerBassLuther
Ya-Chung HuangTenorNathaniel
Byung Gil KimBassPeter Schlemil
Jörg SchörnerTenorSpalanzani
Annika SchlichtMezzo-sopranoVoice of Antonia's Mother
Christian RäthDirector
Jean-Jacques DelmotteCostume Designer
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus
Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra

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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