An impossible quest for love, with the great voices of J. Osborn, E. Jaho, S. d'Oustrac 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.
The tales of Hoffmann
OPERA COMPRISING A PROLOGUE, THREE ACTS AND AN EPILOGUE
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 2h 45m
- Jordan de Souza
- 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
- Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opéra National de Lyon and San Francisco Opera
- Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
- Director of the Chorus
- Conxita Garcia
|Olympia||Olga Pudova||18th,20th,25th,28th,31th January|
|Rocío Pérez||19th,21th,26th,30th January and 1th February|
|Giulietta||Nino Sugurladze||18th,20th,25th,28th,31th January|
|Ginger Costa-Jackson||19th,21th,26th,30th January and 1th February|
|The muse / Nicklausse||Stéphanie d’Oustrac||18th,20th,25th,28th,31th January|
|Marina Viotti||19th,21th,26th,30th January and 1th February|
|Voice of Antonia's mother||Laura Vila|
|Hoffmann||John Osborn||18th,20th,25th,28th,31th January|
|Arturo Chacón-Cruz||19th,21th,26th,30th January and 1th February|
|Lindorf / Coppélius / Doctor Miracle / Captain Dapertutto||Aleksander Vinogradov||18th,20th,25th,28th,31th January|
|Roberto Tagliavini||19th,21th,26th,30th January and 1th February|
|Crespel / Luther||Alexey Bogdanov|
|Peter Schlémil / Hermann||Carlos Daza|
|Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz/ Pitichianaccio||Vincent Ordonneau|