The Tales of Hoffmann

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The Tales of Hoffmann

Composer: Jacques Offenbach

opéra fantastique in 5 acts (3 acts with prologue and epilogue)
libretto - Jules Barbier and Michael Carré based on stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann

world premiere – Paryż, Opera-Comique, 10.02.1881
Polish premiere – Lwów, 1884
premiere at Krakow Opera House - 9.06.2017

sung in the original French, with Polish surtitles

Production team:

Director and costume designer: Michał Znaniecki
Music director: Tomasz Tokarczyk
Set designer: Luigi Scoglio 
Choreographer: Diana Theocharidis
Choir master: Jacek Mentel
Lighting designer: Bogumił Palewicz

Assistant music director: Paweł Szczepański
Directir’s assistants:  Zofia Dowjat, Dagmar Bilińska-Korban
Costume designer’s assistant: Joanna Medyńska 
Choreographer’s assistant: Adam Mośko
Choir master’s assistant: Joanna Wójtowicz
Sage managers: Magdalena Wąsowska, Justyna Jarocka-Lejzak
Prompters: Dorota Sawka, Maria Mitkowska

Soloists’ coaches: Kristina Kutnik, Olga Tsymbaluk, Grzegorz Brajner, Katarzyna Starzycka
Chorus accompanist: Wioletta Fluda
Ballet accompanist: Emilia Strzecha
Surtitles translated by Dorota Sawka

Cast:

HOFFMANN | Dominik Sutowicz (8,10.10)

MUSE, NICKLAUSSE | Monika Korybalska (8,10.10)

OLYMPIA, ANTONIA, GIULIETTA, STELLA | Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha (8,10.10)

LINDORF, COPPELIUS, DOKTOR MIRACLE, DAPERTUTTO | Mariusz Godlewski (8,10.10)

ANDRÈS, COCHENILLE, FRANTZ, PITICCHINACCIO | Adam Sobierajski (8.10), Krzysztof Kozarek (10.10)

SPALANZANI | Vasyl Grokholskyi (8,10.10)

CRESPEL | Remigiusz Łukomski (8,10.10)

VOICE OF THE MOTHER | Agnieszka Cząstka (8,10.10)

HERMANN | Jacek Wróbel (8,10.10)

NATHANAËL | Krzysztof Kozarek (8,10.10)

LUTHER | Krzysztof Dekański (8,10.10)

THE KRAKOW OPERA ORCHESTRA, CHOIR and BALLET

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One of the most intriguing operatic pieces that allures with mystery and offers endless interpretations. The dream of producers and performers. But also a challenge. Authors of the staging reach to the fantastic stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822), which inspired Offenbach’s opera. By introducing us to the modern worlds of civilisation, real however looking ahead, they translate them into the contemporary language. Realism and fantasy, contemporaneity and a futuristic vision – this is the poetics of the staging. In terms of music, the performance presents a selected version of the opera which, after all, was not finished by the composer. Except for the best known "Barcarolle" and "Olympia’s Aria", we are going to hear plenty of other magnificent arias and terzettos, pastiche and parodies, which build up the musical world of the piece.

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