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Opera in a prologue, three acts and an epilogue (1881) by Jacques Offenbach. Libretto by Jules Barbier.
By the time he came to tackle the composition of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Offenbach’s opus already included more than a hundred operas. Left unfinished when he died during rehearsals in October 1880, his last work combines fantasy, gravity and humour in an unexpectedly innovative synthesis of opera buffa, romantic opera and grand opera. This adaptation of three tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann, with a sprinkling of Goethe’s Faust, portrays the German poet as both narrator and hero recounting his love affairs with Olympia, Antonia and Giuletta. Robert Carsen’s spectacular production highlights the melancholy genius of a man marked by life, with a coherence and dramatic sense remarkable for a work that leaves numerous questions unanswered. Under the baton of Philippe Jordan, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Ermonela Jaho, Kate Aldrich, Yann Beuron and Ramón Vargas and Stefano Secco in the main role, interpret the legendary airs of this work whose brilliant mystery will continue to dazzle opera houses for countless years to come.
Hoffmann : Ramón Vargas ; Olympia : Nadine Koutcher ; Giulietta : Kate Aldrich ; Antonia : Ermonela Jaho ; La muse, Nicklausse : Stéphanie d'Oustrac ; Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Philippe Jordan ; Director : Robert Carsen ; Set design : Michael Levine ; Lighting design : Jean Kalman ; Choreography : Philippe Giraudeau ; Dramaturgy : Ian Burton ; Chorus master : José Luis Basso
Production compagny : François Roussillon & associés
Coproduction compagny : Opéra national de Paris, France Télévisions
Running Time : 1x165'
Production Year : 2016
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Distribution
Video Format : HD