les contes d'hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach

Opéra Bastille - from 31 October to 27 November 2016

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

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Opera in a prologue, three acts and an epilogue (1881)

Music
Jacques Offenbach
Libretto
Jules Barbier

After Jules Barbier, Michel Carré
In french

Conductor
Philippe Jordan
Director
Robert Carsen
Olympia
Nadine Koutcher
Giulietta
Kate Aldrich
Antonia
Ermonela Jaho
La muse, Nicklausse
Stéphanie d'Oustrac
La mère d'Antonia
Doris Soffel
Hoffmann
Ramón Vargas
Stefano Secco
Spalanzani
Rodolphe Briand
Nathanaël
Cyrille Lovighi
Luther, Crespel
Paul Gay
Andrès, Cochenille, Pitichinaccio, Frantz
Yann Beuron
Lindorf, Coppélius, Dapertutto, Miracle
Roberto Tagliavini
Hermann
Laurent Laberdesque
Schlemil
François Lis
Set design
Michael Levine
Lighting design
Jean Kalman
Choreography
Philippe Giraudeau
Dramaturgy
Ian Burton
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

French and English surtitles

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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"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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