Ballet & Dance

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach : Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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<Sung in French with Japanese Supertitles>


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Music by : Jacques Offenbach
Original by : Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann
Libretto by : Jules Barbier / Michel Carré
Conductor : Ban Tetsuro
Production, Scenery Design and Lighting : Philippe Arlaud
Costume Design : Andrea Uhmann
Choreographer : Ueda Haruka
Revival Director : Taoshita Tetsu
Stage Manager : Onita Masahiko
Chorus Master : Misawa Hirofumi
Chorus : New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra : Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Produced by : New National Theatre, Tokyo

Hoffmann : Klaus Florian Vogt
Nicklausse, La Muse : Kanoh Etsuko
Olympia : Yoshihara Keiko
Antonia : Sunakawa Ryoko
Giulietta : Morita Masami
Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dapertutto : James Morris
Andrès, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio : Aochi Hideyuki *
Luther, Crespel : Peng Kang-Liang
Hermann : Kuroda Satoshi
Nathanael : Watanabe Fumitoshi
Spalanzani : Shibayama Masanobu
Schlemil : Izumi Ryohei
La voix de la mere, Stella : Hayashi Michiko

* Takahashi Jun, who originally was to perform the role of Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio is unable to perform. Alternatively, Aochi Hideyuki is going to take his place. Please refer to New National Theatre News

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Doors will open 45 minutes before the opening of the performance.
Approximate runnning time : 3hours 30minutes.

  Available from Sunday 25 September, 2005 at 10:00am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999 (10:00am-6:00pm).
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Websites.(Japanese only)

TICKET PRICES (with tax)
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Price(yen) 21,000 18,900 15,750 13,650 10,500 7,350 6,300 3,150 1,500
*A part of "Seat F" (¥3,150) : Sold at the NNTT Box Office and all Ticket Pia outlets on the performance date only. Up to 2 tickets per person. No phone reservations. *Seat Z(\1,500): Sold to students only at some Ticket Pia outlets on the day before the performance. Any tickets not sold by the performance date will be released to the general public at the NNTT Box Office and some Ticket Pia outlets. One ticket per person. No phone reservations. Students must bring a valid student ID. *Same day student tickets (50% off, except Seat F & Z ): Sold at the NNTT Box Office and some Ticket Pia outlets on the performance date. One ticket per person. No phone reservations. Students must bring a valid student ID.

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Offenbach's First and Last Great Opera, the Daring of the Operetta World
A Fantastic Love Story Created by P. Arlaud, a Magician of Light

handbill [Les Contes d'Hoffmann]
A Jewel of French Opera Famed for Its Barcarolle!
Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) is the only opera by Jacques Offenbach, the founder of operetta, who became well known worldwide with his most famous operetta Orphée aux Enfers (Orpheus in the Underground) during the Belle Époque Era at the end of the 19th century. It is full of such fascinating music that Rossini described the composer as the "Mozart of the Champs-Élysées," and "La Barcarolle" is familiar even to those who are not opera connoisseurs.
The lonely death of Hoffmann brings forth eternal life
Les Contes d'Hoffmann is a series of stories of the poet Hoffmann's past loves based on fantastic novels by E.A.T. Hoffmann, a literary wizard in German romanticism. Philippe Arlaud, a "magician of light," directed the NNTT's first performance of the opera in 2003, with its visually emphasized drama fantasy well received by the audience. As the stories develop, women symbolizing Arlaud's keywords of death, sex, and desire for art appear: the beautiful mechanical doll Olympia, Antonia who is consumptive but loves singing, the Venetian courtesan Giulietta, the Muse, who watches over Hoffmann, and lastly the diva Stella. As the poet's fate is woven by the black thread of despair, he hovers between dream and reality and dies while being watched over by the women with whom he fell in love. The conductor is Ban Tetsuro, who also led the orchestra for the premiere. Talented singers include the high-profile tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, who is scheduled to make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as well as famed opera houses in Europe and North America; James Morris, a distinguished singer and actor; and Sunakawa Ryoko, who acted as a substitute in the NNTT premiere but won the highest praises.


The setting is a tavern next to the opera house. The poet Hoffmann, who exchanged promises with the singer Stella, with whom he is in love, to meet each other after her performance, begins telling stories of past love with three women: falling in love with Olympia, a mechanical doll; his shadow being taken by the courtesan Giulietta; and his consumptive lover Antonia being coaxed to sing one last time, draining her of her last breath. The tales over, Hoffman falls into despair over the emptiness of love, getting drunk. Whereupon the Muse appears before him.
<Conductor> <Production>
Ban Tetsuro Philippe Arlaud
Ban Tetsuro Philippe Arlaud

Klaus Florian Vogt Kanoh Etsuko James Morris
Klaus Florian Vogt Kanoh Etsuko James Morris

Yoshihara Keiko Sunakawa Ryoko Morita Masami
Yoshihara Keiko Sunakawa Ryoko Morita Masami

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