Offenbach : The Tales of Hoffmann

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Sylvain Cambreling | Christoph Marthaler | Teatro Real – Madrid

Offenbach : Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Although posthumous, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) is considered as the masterpiece of Jacques Offenbach’s work. Inspired by E.T.A Hoffmann’s, this opéra fantastique mixes love, pain and whim. It’s an ôde to art and poetry.

The intrigue settles around three stories about a broken love. Told by Hoffmann, narrator and hero, these tales paint a portrait of three feminine figures: Olympia the automaton, Antonia the dying opera singer and Giulietta the courtesan. This triptych allows the development of very different universes, and color. It’s also a declension of the image of the woman and of the evil.

Christoph Marthaler signs this creation for the Teatro Real. This is Gerard Mortier’s last commission for this stage. From Letzte Tage to King size, the Swiss director has proven his ease in many different registers. An essential capacity needed for a work as rich and subtle as The Tales of Hoffmann. Music is conducted by Sylvain Cambreling and the cast includes Eric Cutler, Anne Sofie von Otter, Measha Brueggergosman and Jean-Philippe Lafont.

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Offenbach : Les Contes d’Hoffmann [DVD & Blu-ray]

Opéra-fantastique in five acts

Music : Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Libretto : Jules Barbier

Hoffmann : Eric Cutler
La Muse/Nicklausse : Anne Sofie Von Otter
Lindorf/Coppélius/Dr Miracle/Dapertutto : Vito Priante
Andrès/Cochenille/Frantz/Pitichinaccio : Christoph Homberger
Olympia : Ana Durlovski
Antonia/Giulietta : Measha Brueggergosman
Stella : Altea Garrido
La Mère d’Antonia : Lani Poulson
Maître Luther/Crespel : Jean-Philippe Lafont
Nathanaël : Gerardo López
Spalanzani : Graham Valentine
Hermann : Tomeu Bibiloni
Schlemil : Isaac Galán

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real – Madrid
Conductor : Sylvain Cambreling

Stage direction : Christoph Marthaler

Sets and costumes : Anna Viebrock
Lighting design : Olaf Winter
Dramaturgy : Malte Ubenauf
Choreography : Altea Garrido
Chorus master : Andrés Máspero

technical informations

HD recording : Teatro Real – Madrid | 05/2014
TV direction : Jérémie Cuvillier
Release date : 08 September 2015
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

1 DVD
Reference
: BAC124
Barcode : 3760115301245
Running time : 193 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / SPA
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

1 BLU-RAY
Reference : BAC424
Barcode : 3760115304246
Running time : 193 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / SPA
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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