THE TALES OF HOFFMANN


by Jacques Offenbach

Offenbach was dubbed “the Mozart of the Champs Élysées” by Rossini. His lyrical, effervescent final opera, left unfinished at his death, with its plot of strange, outrageous loves, an ever-present evil genius, not to mention the famous Barcarolle (borrowed from an earlier work) and an aria for a wind-up mechanical doll, is a treasure-trove for an imaginative director.

“ I warn others solemnly that Offenbach’s music is wicked. It is abandoned stuff: every accent in it is a snap of the fingers in the face of moral responsibility: every ripple and sparkle on its surface twits me for my teetotalism, and mocks at the early rising of which I fully intend to make a habit some day” George Bernard Shaw

One narrator. Drunk. The story of the women in his life. The complications of his current love and his current rival. And an evil shadow that follows him everywhere.

“ You really feel like you are dying by the end of the act. You feel this ecstasy while singing. You are dying, exhausted and excited.” Anna Netrebko soprano (on singing the role of Antonia)

Sung in French with English surtitles!

PRESENTED BY IRISH NATIONAL OPERA 

STARRING  Julian Hubbard, Claudia Boyle, Gemma Ní Bhriain, John Molloy, Andrew Gavin, Brendan Collins, Carolyn Holt, Fearghal Curtis, Kevin Neville, Peter O’Reilly, Cormac Lawlor, Robert McAllister

Irish National Opera Chorus & Ensemble


Date and Time | Tue 25 Sept, 8pm

Price | €30 / Concession €27

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