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Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Opéra Bastille - from 31 October to 27 November 2016

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Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Opera Jacques Offenbach

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Opéra Bastille - from 31 October to 27 November 2016

3h25 with 2 intervals

Language : French

Ramòn Vargas interprètera le rôle d’Hoffmann du 3 au 18 novembre 2016 à l'Opéra Bastille.


In few words:

"We are made great by love and greater still by our tears."  

Hoffmann, Épilogue

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 and Stefano Secco in the main role, interpret the legendary airs of this work whose brilliant mystery will continue to dazzle opera houses for countless years to come.


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Audio clips

Podcast | Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Jacques Offenbach

— By In partnership with France Musique

About the work


  • Exclusive Timepiece of the Paris Opera

  • Sponsor of Les Contes d'Hoffmann

  • Sponsor of the Paris Opera initiatives for young people and of the avant-premières

  • Sponsor of the Paris Opera's audiovisual broadcasts

  • With the support of AROP

Ce spectacle fera l’objet d’une captation audiovisuelle

Une co-production Opéra national de Paris et Fra Productions avec le soutien du CNC et la participation de France 5, réalisée par François Roussillon.
Diffusion en direct au cinéma le 15 novembre, diffusion sur Culture Box à partir du 16 novembre.
Diffusion sur France 5 ultérieurement et sur France Musique le 27 novembre.

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