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. Live cinema relay: Nov 15 2016Performers Vittorio Grigolo (Hoffmann not Nov 28/Dec 3), Leonardo Capalbo (Hoffman Nov 28/Dec 3), Thomas Hampson (Four Villains), Sofia Fomina (Olympia), Christine Rice (Giulietta), Sonya Yoncheva (Antonia), Kate Lindsey (Nicklausse), Christophe Mortagne (Spalanzani), Eric Halfvarson (Crespel), Vincent Ordonneau (Four Servants), Catherine Carby (Spirit of Antonia's Mother), David Junghoon Kim (Nathanael), Charles Rice (Hermann), Yuriy Yurchuk (Schlemil), Jeremy White (Luther).
Music Offenbach. Lyrics Barbier. Lyrics Carre. Book by Hoffman. Producer Royal Opera House. Conductor Evelino Pido. Director John Schlesinger.