The more we love, the more we suffer, or could it be the fate of artists to stagger from one woman to another, trying to find true love? At the very least that seems to be the fate of the poet Hoffmann. Each of his women seems to be the right one at first glance, but the dreams of the enamoured soon become nightmares. Charming Olympia turns out to really be just a puppet with a key, while Antonia loves music more than anything else, and it eventually brings her death, and Giulietta is nought but an embodiment of low passions behind which murder and destruction lurk. But wait - are they actually all only figments of the artist’s bizarre imagination? Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, inspired by the life and stories of poet and composer E.T.A. Hoffmann, is a permanent part of the opera repertoire not only thanks to its beautiful music but also to the unique and picturesque world it depicts, which always presents a challenge for producers. Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour…
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Conductor: Ondrej Olos
Stage design: Simona Rybáková
Costumes: Jakub Kopecký
Premiere: 20th September 2019 at the Janáček Theatre