Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach
Opéra fantastique in five acts [1881].
Libretto by Jules Barbier after the drama of the same name by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré. Edited by Michael Kaye and Jean-Christophe Keck.

German, French
3h incl. intermission
In Barrie Kosky's bizarrely bizarre production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann, the titular artist loses himself in a disturbing nightmare of his own fantasies. In Hoffmann's exaggerated sensibility, Mozart's Don Giovanni becomes the starting point of a madness-driven journey through bizarre worlds; the idolatrous admiration for the singer of Donna Anna gives birth to ever new images of women: the soulless doll Olympia, the terminally ill singer Antonia, the heartless courtesan Giulietta. Haunted by his own demons, there is no way back to reality for Hoffmann. "Deadly blackness, lurid entertainment balance each other out: a mad, confused Hoffmann spectacle, perfectly served." [FAZ]
A grandiose evening of theatre!
Deutschlandfunk
#KOBHoffmann

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Selected Performance: 2391
2391
Wed 9 Mar 202219:30 — 22:30
Crew
Musical direction
Alevtina Ioffe
Staging
Stage design and costumes
Dramaturgy
Lighting
Cast
Hoffmann 1
Thomas Thieme
Hoffmann 2
Ric Furman
Stella / Olympia / Antonia / Giulietta
La Muse / La mère d’Antonia
Lindorf/Coppélius/Le docteur Miracle/ Dapertutto
Andrew Foster-Williams
Andrès/Spalanzani/ Pitichinaccio
Cochenille/Crespel/Peter Schlémil
Chorsolisten der Komischen Oper Berlin, Es spielt das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin.


A tale of three Hoffmanns: Kosky’s Komische Oper production a triumph

»A musically satisfying evening, Kosky’s Tales of Hoffmann was often exhilarating, occasionally exasperating, but above all, gloriously entertaining.«
bachtrack.com
Mark Pullinger, 08.10.2015