An impossible quest for love, with the great voices of J. Osborn, E. Jaho and A. Vinogradov 

Offenbach conjures up a world governed by rules of its own in which he places Hoffmann, a poet and composer under a curse. Hoffmann recalls his past love affairs and guides us through a universe where dreams and reality intertwine.

This opera about the misfortunes of Hoffmann, whose obsession is to triumph in love, was left unfinished by Offenbach on his death in 1880. It narrates the painful tales of his relationships with three women: the cold doll Olympia, the fragile and innocent Antonia, and Giulietta, the heartless courtesan.

Laurent Pelly has made this exquisite yet sinister production especially for the Gran Teatre del Liceu. The gloomy tale itself and its magical reverse side reflect the two facets of Romanticism, while the superb setting created by Pelly illustrates the poet's torment and the frustration aroused by his nemesis.  When the tales are over, Hoffmann longs for forgetfulness and ultimately finds consolation in his creative genius. As Louise Bourgeois, the genetrix of feminist art, reminded us: “Art is a guarantee of sanity”. A way, in other words, of curing the individual and the world.

With the support of:

The tales of Hoffmann

Libretto by Jules Barbier based on three tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann.
World premiere: 10/02/1881 at the Opéra Comique in Paris.
First Barcelona performance: 22/04/1905 at the Teatre Eldorado (in Spanish).
First Liceu performance: 05/02/1924. 
Last Liceu performance: 23/02/2013.
Total number of Liceu performances: 25.

Approximate running time 3h 30m

  • First act 34m
  • Second act 39m
  • Interval 20m
  • Third act 45m
  • Interval 20m
  • Fourth act 28m
  • Fifth act 14m

Artistic profile

Riccardo Frizza
Stage director
Laurent Pelly
Revival Director
Christian Räth
Dialogues and Libretto Version
Agathe Mélinand
Set Design
Chantal Thomas
Costume Design
Laurent Pelly in association with Jean-Jacques Delmotte
Lighting Design
Joël Adam
Video Design
Charles Carcopino
Stage Director Assistant
Albert Estany
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opéra National de Lyon, San Francisco Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia
Kostadin Bogdanoski
Musical Direction Assistant
Sergi Cuenca
Musical Assistants
Véronique Werklé, Vanessa García, David-Huy Nguyen-Phong and Jaume Tribó


StellaElena Sancho Pereg18th,19th,25th,28th,31th January
Adriana González20th,21th,26th,30th January and 1th February
OlympiaOlga Pudova
AntoniaErmonela Jaho
GiuliettaGinger Costa-Jackson18th,19th,21th,26th,31th January
Nino Surguladze20th,25th,28th,30th January and 1th February
The muse / NicklausseMarina Viotti18th,20th,21th,25th,26th,28th,30th January and 1th February
Carol García19th,31th January
Voice of Antonia's motherLaura Vila
HoffmannJohn Osborn18th,20th,25th,28th,31th January
Arturo Chacón-Cruz19th,21th,26th,30th January and 1th February
Lindorf / Coppélius / Doctor Miracle / Captain DapertuttoAlexander Vinogradov18th,20th,25th,28th,31th January
Roberto Tagliavini19th,21th,26th,30th January and 1th February
SpalanzaniFrancisco Vas
Crespel / LutherAleksey Bogdanov
Peter Schlémil / HermannCarlos Daza
Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz/ PitichianaccioVincent Ordonneau
NathanaëlRoger Padullés


  • Maestro Riccardo Frizza conducts the performances of The tales of Hoffmann replacing Jorge de Souza, who cancelled due to personal reasons. 
  • Mezzo Carol García sings the role of muse/Nicklausse replacing Stéphanie d’Oustrac, who cancelled due to health reasons.
  • Due to the preventive isolation of Soprano Adriana González, Elena Sancho Pereg joins the cast, who will sing the opening night and will perform a total of 5 performances (January 18, 19, 21 25, 26, 28 and 31). Once the 10 days of isolation have been surpassed, González will rejoin singing her first performance on January 30 and February 1.
  • Due to the preventive isolation of Soprano Rocío Pérez, Olga Pudova sings the role of Olympia in all the performances.

January 2021

18Monday18:30Turn A
19Tuesday18:30Turn H
20Wednesday18:30Turn B
21Thursday18:30Turn PE
25Monday18:30Turn G
26Tuesday18:30Turn P (PA)
28Thursday18:30Turn E
30Saturday18:30Turn C
31Sunday17:00Turn TAD

February 2021

1Monday18:30Turn D

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Information of Interest

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