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Work: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

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ComposerOffenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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BerlinLes Contes d'HoffmannNew production

Alex Esposito © Bettina Stöß
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Enrique Mazzola; Laurent Pelly; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Chantal Thomas; Daniel Johansson; Robert Watson

MoscowLes Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Evgeny Brazhnik; Alexander Titel; Stanislavsky Opera; Valery Leventhal; Chinghis Ayusheev; Najmiddin Mavlyanov

StuttgartLes Contes d'Hoffmann

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Marc Piollet; Christoph Marthaler; Oper Stuttgart; Anna Viebrock; Atalla Ayan; Beate Ritter

NaplesLes Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Pinchas Steinberg; Laurent Pelly; San Carlo Theatre; Chantal Thomas; Jean-Jacques Delmotte; John Osborn; Arturo Chacón-Cruz

ViennaHoffmanns Erzählungen

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Thomas Böttcher; Renaud Doucet; Volksoper Wien; André Barbe; Chorus of the Vienna Volksoper
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Mixed Evening at Deutsche Oper Berlin's new Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Alex Esposito © Bettina Stöß
Deutsche Oper Berlin staged an ambitious production by Laurence Pelly with mixed results. The performance included new discoveries and young singers brought fresh energy to the evening.
***11
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Irish National Opera's futuristic Hoffmann

Claudia Boyle (Olympia) © Pat Redmond
Tom Creed's take on Offenbach's opéra fantastique works best in the Olympia act in this new production in Dublin. 
***11
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A superb, sinister Hoffmann at Dutch National Opera

Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Selectively unearthed from current critical editions, this fabulously performed new Hoffmann plumbs the murky depths of its antihero’s psyche.
*****
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Grigòlo stars as Debus leads thrilling Hoffmann at The Met

Vittorio Grigòlo (Hoffmann) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Bartlett Sher's production of The Tales of Hoffmann, revived at The Met, takes a Kafka-esque, surreal view of the opera.
****1
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Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Hoffmann

Olga Pudova (Olympia) © Wilfried Hösl
Offenbach's vivid setting of E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantastic tales gets an enjoyable outing, with Spyres, Testé and Pudova the undoubted stars of the show.
***11
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