Presented in partnership with the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet
Tenor Ramón Vargas stars in Offenbach’s episodic romance Les Contes d’Hoffmann in a spectacular production directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by Paris Opera’s Music Director Philippe Jordan. 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 Giulietta.
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 humor in an unexpectedly innovative synthesis of opera buffa, romantic opera, and grand opera.
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.
Coffee and refreshments will be served during the intermissions.
In French with English subtitles
4 hours 20 minutes including 2 intermissions
Captured live during the 16/17 season
Opera in a prologue, three acts and an epilogue (1881)
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Libretto by Jules Barbier
After Jules Barbier, Michel Carré
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Director: Robert Carsen
Set and costume design: Michael Levine
Lighting design: Jean Kalman
Choreography: Philippe Giraudeau
Dramaturgy: Ian Burton
Chorus master: José Luis Basso
Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Olympia, Nadine Koutcher
Giulietta, Kate Aldrich
Antonia, Ermonela Jaho
La Muse / Nicklausse, Stéphanie d’Oustrac
Une Voix, Doris Soffel
Hoffmann, Ramón Vargas
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
Film director: François Roussillon
Cinéma distribution: FRA Cinéma
The Paris Opera & Ballet
The Paris Opera & Ballet is a world cultural treasure with a rich history that underpins an innovative, vital present. The Paris Opera traces its beginnings to King Louis XIV of France, who established a formal academy of music and dance at court in 1669. Over the centuries, the company has undergone many transformations as a public institution. Today the 430-member company of musicians and dancers, led by general director Stéphane Lissner, ballet director Aurelie Dupont, and music director Philippe Jordan, collaborates with acclaimed directors, choreographers, and singers, and enjoys a position as one of the leading opera and ballet institutions in the world. This year, it celebrates its 350th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of the opening of the larger of its two theaters, the Opéra Bastille.
The American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet
The American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet (AFPOB) presents work by The Paris Opera & Ballet directly to the American public and fosters artistic cooperation between the Opera national de Paris and the creative community in the United States. Based in New York, the organization was incorporated in 1984 at the request of Rudolf Nureyev, the Ballet Director of the Paris Opera at the time, to help the company tour in the US. AFPOB helps to underwrite numerous US tours and guest appearances by the Paris Opera, the Paris Opera Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet School, as well as exhibitions from the Paris Opera Museum. AFPOB also supports works at the Paris Opera by leading American artists, such as Jerome Robbins, Trisha Brown, William Christie, Peter Sellars, and Robert Wilson.