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Les contes d'Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach

From 15 January to 5 February 2012

Running Time: 3 hours 40 minutes intermissions included

Sung in French with electronic libretto in Italian, English, French

Notes on the performancesOpen 
Offenbach’s opera Les contes d’Hoffmann pays tribute to the composer’s favourite writer, E.T.A Hoffman, recounting the story of the protagonist’s unlucky lovers with the customary freshness of an operetta, fused with shades of deep melancholy. Just after his Don Giovanni, Robert Carsen’s delightful production features evocative and visible scene changes, in a dreamlike atmosphere.

Ramón Vargas takes the lead as Hoffmann in a cast featuring Ekaterina Gubanova (La Muse), Ildar Abdrazakov (Dapertutto) and William Shimell. Rachele Gilmore, Genia Kühmeier and Veronica Simeoni perform as the poet’s three ill-fated lovers. Marko Letonja conducts, in his first return to La Scala after the success of The Makropulos Case.

Direction 

Conductor
Marko Letonja
Staging
Robert Carsen
Sets and costumes
Michael Levine
Lights
Jean Kalman
Choreography
Philippe Giraudeau

Cast 

Hoffmann
Ramón Vargas (15, 19 , 24, 27 January; 1, 5 February)
Arturo Chacón-Cruz (17, 21 January; 3 February)
Nicklausse, La Muse
Ekaterina Gubanova (15, 19, 24, 27 January)
Daniela Sindram (17, 21 January; 1, 3, 5 February)
Olympia
Rachele Gilmore (15, 19, 24, 27 January: 1, 5 February)
Vassiliki Karayanni (17, 21 January; 3 February)
Antonia
Genia Kühmeier (15, 19, 24, 27 January; 1, 5 February)
Ellie Dehn (17, 21 January; 3 February)
Giulietta
Veronica Simeoni
Une voix
Hermine May
Luther, Crespel
William Shimell
Lindorf, Coppelius, Miracle, Dapertutto

Ildar Abdrazakov (15, 17, 19, 21 January)
Laurent Naouri (24, 27 January; 1, 3, 5 February)
Spalanzani
Rodolphe Briand
Nathanael
Cyrille Dubois
Hermann, Schlemil
Nicolas Testé
Andrès, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio

Carlo Bosi
Production Opéra National de Paris
Produzione Opéra National de Paris
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  Italiano
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