Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Cambreling, Durlovski, Cutler, Homberger
Although posthumous, 'The Tales of Hoffmann' is considered as the masterpiece of Jacques Offenbach’s work and mixes love, pain and whim. The intrigue settles around three stories about a broken love. Told by Hoffmann, narrator and hero, these tales paint a portrait of three feminine figures: Olympia the automaton, Antonia the dying opera singer and Giulietta the courtesan. This triptych allows the development of very different universes, and colour. It’s also a declension of the image of woman and of evil.
Christoph Marthaler signed this creation for the Teatro Real. This was Gerard Mortier’s last commission for this stage: the Swiss director has proven his ease in many different registers. An essential capacity needed for a work as rich and subtle as 'The Tales of Hoffmann'. Music is conducted by Sylvain Cambreling and the cast includes Eric Cutler, Anne Sofie von Otter, Measha Brueggergosman and Jean-Philippe Lafont.
Running time: 193 minutes
Subtitles: French, German, English, Spanish
Format: 16/9, NTSC, Sound Dolby digital 2.0/5.1
Catalog Number: BAC124
Label: Bel Air Classiques
Composer: Jacques Offenbach
Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble: Madrid Teatro Real Chorus, Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra
Performer: Ana Durlovski, Anne Sofie von Otter, Christoph Homberger, Eric Cutler, Lani Poulson, Measha Brueggergosman, Vito Priante