Les contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) is an opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach. The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann. Hoffmann himself is used as the main protagonist in the opera. Barbier and Michel Carré had previously written a play, Les contes fantastiques d'Hoffmann, which was produced at the Odéon Theatre in Paris in 1851, and which Offenbach had seen. The stories used in the opera were "Der Sandmann" ("The Sandman"), 1816. "Rath Krespel" ("Councillor Krespel", also known in English as "The Cremona Violin") 1818. "Das verlorene Spiegelbild" ("The Lost Reflection") from Die Abendteuer der Sylvester-Nacht ("The Adventures of New Year's Eve"), 1814. The aria "Chanson de Kleinzach" ("Song of Little Zaches") in the Prologue is based on the short story "Klein Zaches, genannt Zinnober" ("Little Zaches, called cinnabar"), 1819. The Barcarolle, "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour" is the opera's most famous number.

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Contes d'Hoffmann: Offenbach (1983)

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Les contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) is an opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach. The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann. Hoffmann himself is used as the main protagonist in the opera. Barbier and Michel Carré had previously written a play, Les contes fantastiques d'Hoffmann, which was produced at the Odéon Theatre in Paris in 1851, and which Offenbach had seen. The stories used in the opera were "Der Sandmann" ("The Sandman"), 1816. "Rath Krespel" ("Councillor Krespel", also known in English as "The Cremona Violin") 1818. "Das verlorene Spiegelbild" ("The Lost Reflection") from Die Abendteuer der Sylvester-Nacht ("The Adventures of New Year's Eve"), 1814. The aria "Chanson de Kleinzach" ("Song of Little Zaches") in the Prologue is based on the short story "Klein Zaches, genannt Zinnober" ("Little Zaches, called cinnabar"), 1819. The Barcarolle, "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour" is the opera's most famous number.

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Cast
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Daniel Galvez-Vallejo

Hoffmann
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José van Dam

Lindorf, Copelius, Dr Miracle, Dapertutto)
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Gabriel Baquier

Spalanzani, Crespel, Schlemil
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Jacques Verzier

Frantz
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Natalie Dessay

Olympia
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Barbara Hendricks

Antonia
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Isabelle Vernet

Giulietta
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Pierre Cavassilas

Director
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Kent Nagano

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Contes d'Hoffmann: Offenbach

(DVD)

10/26/1999

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