Hopelessly besotted with a flighty prima donna, the poet Hoffmann drunkenly recalls the three loves of his life: Olympia, a mechanical doll; Antonia, a sick young singer; and Giulietta, a Venetian whore who stole his reflection and his soul. Based upon the fantastical tales of the German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann, Offenbachâs operatic swansong boasts such hit numbers as the clockwork-driven âDollâs Songâ and the seductively swooning âBarcarolleâ.Performers Barry Banks (Hoffmann), Georgia Jarman (Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta/Stella), Clive Bayley (Lindorff/Coppelius/Dapertutto/Dr Miracle), Christine Rice (Muse/Nicklausse), Simon Butteriss (Frantz/Pittichinaccio/Cochenille), Richard Angas (Luther).
Music Offenbach. Lyrics Barbier. Lyrics Carre. Book by Hoffman. Producer English National Opera. Conductor Antony Walker. Director Richard Jones. Design Giles Cadle. Costume Buki Shiff. Lighting Mimi Jordan Sherin. Translation Tim Hopkins.