Contes d'Hoffmann - 3
  • Description

    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, interpret the legendary airs of this work whose brilliant mystery will continue to dazzle opera houses for countless years to come.

    Orchestra and Choirs of the Opéra national de Paris

    A co-production of the Paris Opera - François Roussillon et Associés
    With the participation of France Télévisions, with the support of the Orange Foundation, patron of the Paris Opera's audiovisual broadcasts, and with the assistance of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée.

    Director: François Roussillon
    © 2016 - Opéra national de Paris – François Roussillon et Associés

    Picture: © Julien Benhamou / OnP



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Performance at the Opera Bastille, from 30 November to 27 December 2023