OFFENBACH, J.: Contes d'Hoffmann (Les) (Geneva Grand Theater, 2008)


 

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Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Date of Production: 10-2008
Venue: Grand Theatre de Geneve, Switzerland
Playing Time: 03:18:29
Catalogue Number: BAC049
UPC: 3760115300491

Synopsis

OffenbachEUR(TM)s Les Contes d'Hoffmann, staged by Olivier Py. High art at GenevaEUR(TM)s Grand Théâtre!

Three fables. A man falls in love with a doll, a young woman sings herself to death and a courtesan steals her lovers' reflections. "Three women in the same woman," and the same number of stories told by Hoffmann. A picture of the cursed artist slipping through women's arms into those of his muse, under the treacherous eye of the evil one, the latter also appearing in three diabolical incarnations. Intertwining themes borrowed from the German poet, the libretto fed the composer's fantasies with material both fantastic and fanciful, sustaining his dreams that this work would one day be a triumph at the Opéra Comique. Alas, he was to die before he could see it performed.

Baroque and mystical, carnal yet metaphysical, Olivier Py's theatrical universe comes into its own when highlighting the oddities of this truly singular work.

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