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Les Contes d'Hoffman

Series 1

Les Contes d'Hoffman

The Royal Opera’s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann was created in 1980 by the award-winning director John Schlesinger, best known for his work in film (Midnight Cowboy, Sunday Bloody Sunday) and television (Cold Comfort Farm, An Englishman Abroad). Schlesinger’s production sets Hoffman’s tales in the 19th century, drawing on styles from both Hoffmann and Offenbach’s times. William Dudley’s magnificent set designs and Maria Björnson’s sumptuous costumes realize to brilliant effect the extravagant flourishes of Hoffmann’s imaginative world.Synopsis:The great storyteller Hoffmann is losing himself to drink. His rival in love, Councillor Lindorf, claims that Hoffmann knows nothing of the heart, and so goads Hoffmann into telling the tales of his three great loves – each destroyed by a villain who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lindorf…First Hoffmann tells of his infatuation for the mechanical doll, Olympia – who is destroyed by the inventor Coppélius. Next comes the courtesan Giulietta, who throws over his adoration in favour of jewels from the magician Dappertutto. Finally, the gentle Antonia is forced to sing to her death by the wicked Doctor Miracle. His stories finished, Hoffmann rouses from his drunken stupor to find Lindorf has made off with Stella, Hoffmann’s latest love – but the Muse compels him to transform his heartache into art.

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  • Music: Jacques Offenbach
  • Libretto: Jules Barbier and Michel Carre after ETA Hoffman
  • Hoffman: Vittorio Grigolo
  • Lindorf/Coppelius/Dapertutto/Miracle: Thomas Hampson
  • Olympia: Sofia Fomina
  • Guilietta: Christine Rice
  • Antonia: Sonya Yoncheva
  • Nicklausse: Kate Lindsey
  • Original Director: John Schlesinger

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