LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Start: 8:00 PM

Opéra fantastique in three acts by Jacques Offenbach (Salzburg Festival 2003, Großes Festspielhaus – in French). A co-production of ZDF/3sat and TW1

Neil Shicoff dances in the title role of Hoffmanns Erzählungen by Offenbach.
Neil Shicoff dances in the title role of Hoffmanns Erzählungen by Offenbach.
Shortly before his death in 1880, Jacques Offenbach, the master of the operetta, dared to embark upon writing the grand opera of his dreams – alas, he was not to witness its premiere. He set out to stage the fantastical tales of E. T. A. Hoffmann – with a framework narrative in which the legendary author of dark romanticism tells his stories at an inn, fuelled by alcohol and drugs, allowing the lines between dream and reality to blur. The cast of this production by David McVicar, which most of the critics found rather conventional, promises a great operatic and vocal feast: the American star tenor Neil Shicoff appears as Hoffmann, Ruggiero Raimondi plays his demonic adversary, and the sparkling objects of his dreams or his desires are embodied by such ladies and star sopranos as Waltraud Meier as Giulietta, Angelika Kirchschlager as La Muse and L´ubica Vargicová as Olympia. Kent Nagano conducts the Vienna Philharmonic.

Cast

Conductor: Kent Nagano | Director: David McVicar | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 180 minutes | Featuring: Neil Shicoff (Hoffmann), Angelika Kirchschlager (La Muse), Ruggero Raimondi (Lindorf), L’ubica Vargicová (Olympia), Waltraud Meier (Giulietta)