Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2016/17


                Nicklausse                      KRISTINE JEPSON +                 Lindorf/Coppélius/ 
                Dappertutto/Miracle     GIDON SAKS + 
                Pittichinaccio/Frantz   GRAHAM CLARK +                 Luther          LYNTON BLACK * 
                Hermann         CHANGHAN LIM § * 
                Nathanael               JI-MIN PARK § + 
                Hoffmann                ROLANDO VILLAZÓN 
                Spalanzani              ROBIN LEGGATE                 Olympia         EKATERINA LEKHINA * 
                                VASSILIKI KARAYANNI                 Giulietta               CHRISTINE RICE + 
                Schlemil                KOSTAS SMORIGINAS § + 
                Antonia         KATIE VAN KOOTEN  + 
                Crespel         MATTHEW ROSE + 
                Spirit of Antonia’s mother      GAYNOR KEEBLE + 
                Stella          OLGA SABADOCH 

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The Royal Opera’s lavish production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), Offenbach‘s masterpiece, is a favourite with audiences. Created by Academy Award-winning film director John Schlesinger, this production brings alive a 19th-century world of romance, comedy, mystery and menace.

This performance is the part of 2016/17 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season!

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At the centre of these extraordinary tales of clockwork dolls, magical glasses, ghostly voices and sensual courtesans is the vivid imagination of the drunken Romantic poet Hoffmann. Charismatic young tenor Vittorio Grigolo is Hoffmann – compelled to tell the story of his lovers who, he believes, have all been stolen by a succession of arch villains. Superb baritone Thomas Hampson performs all four villains.

The music includes the famous ‘Barcarolle’ and the stunning showpiece numbers are perfect vehicles for the vocal virtuosity of Sofia Fomina as the clockwork doll Olympia, Christine Rice as the courtesan Giulietta, and Sonya Yoncheva as Hoffmann’s last love Antonia.

Starring: Vittorio Grigolo, Thomas Hampson, Sofia Fomina, Christine Rice, Sonya Yoncheva

Composer: Jacques Offenbach

Conductor: Evelino Pidò

Director: John Schlesinger

Production Information:
Opera in three acts with prologue and epilogue
Running time: approximately 235 minutes
Including two intervals
Start time: 7.15pm CET

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