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Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

Benjamin Bernheim Hoffmann | Olga Peretyatko, Olympia, Antonia / Stella, Giulietta | Angela Brower La Muse / Nicklausse | Luca Pisaroni Lindorf / Coppélius / Dr. Miracle / Dapertutto | Gideon Poppe Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio | Kristina Stanek La Mère | Martin Summer Maître Luther / Crespel | Dongwon Kang Nathanaël | Jürgen Sacher Spalanzani | Daniel Schliewa Wilhelm / Wolfram | Han Kim Le Capitaine des Sbirres | Bernhard Hansky Schlémil / Hermann
Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper
Daniele Finzi Pasca, stage director; Kent Nagano, musical director; Hugo Gargiulo, stage design; Giovanna Buzzi, costumes; Eberhard Friedrich, choir
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Kent Nagano

The poet E. T. A. Hoffmann as the protagonist of his own fantastic tales: In his encounter with three women - Olympia, Antonia, and Giulietta - he searches in vain for love and for himself. Will he draw the strength for art from his failure in life? Or will he fail in himself, even in alcohol? Like in a kaleidoscope, ever new constellations and shimmering colors mix German romanticism and French esprit.
The composer died over the work without the first performance, which took place in a greatly greatly abridged form. Since then the performance history itself has been an exciting crime play, surprising discoveries have made Hoffmann's tales appear again and again in a new in a new and fascinating light.


Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann


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180 mins
Henning Kasten
EuroArts Music in coproduction with NHK, Mezzo, ZDF/arte, DGG
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