Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Music by Jacques OFFENBACH
Opera in 5 Acts
Sung in French with English and Japanese surtitles
19 Apr. - 25 Apr., 2020 ( 4 Performances )
Running time is approx. 3 hours 40 mins including intervals
This is Philippe ARLAUD's production of a whimsical love story. It is Jacques OFFENBACH's sole opera, best known for its "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour" ("Beauteous Night, O Night of Love"), other highlights including the "Chanson de Kleinzach" ("Song of little Zaches") sung by Hoffman, and that ultimate showcase of coloratura soprano singing, the "Les oiseaux dans la charmille" ("The birds in the arbour") aria sung by Olympia. This is ARLAUD's 2003 production at the New National Theatre Tokyo. He brings added depth to the work with radiating wit and humour, as well as effective use of fluorescent colours, bringing out the sense of fantasy of the work.
This will be a noteworthy production, featuring Marko LETONJA, Music Director of Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, as conductor, and Leonardo CAPALBO who has been highly acclaimed for this role, will make his debut in NNTT. Kyle KETELSON, well-known for his Escamillo and Leporello roles, will be playing the four villains, while the rising star, mezzo soprano KOBAYASHI Yuka, will play Nicklausse and La Muse. The three soprano parts will be taken up by leading Japanese sopranos YASUI Yoko, KINOSHITA Mihoko and YOKOYAMA Keiko.
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 consumptive lover Antonia being coaxed to sing one last time, draining her of her last breath; and his shadow being taken by the courtesan Giulietta;.
The tales over, Hoffman falls into despair over the emptiness of love, getting drunk. Whereupon the Muse appears before him.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Hoffmann: Leonardo CAPALBO
Nicklausse, La Muse: KOBAYASHI Yuka
Olympia: YASUI Yoko
Antonia: KINOSHITA Mihoko
Giulietta: YOKOYAMA Keiko
Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dapertutto: Kyle KETELSEN
Andres, Cochènille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio: AOCHI Hideyuki
Luther, Crespel: OKUBO Mitsuya
Spalanzani: HARE Masahiko
Schlemil: SUDO Shingo
La voix de la mère, Stella: TANIGUCHI Mutsumi
- CREATIVE TEAM
Marko LETONJAProduction, Set and Lighting Design
Leonardo CAPALBONicklausse, La Muse
YOKOYAMA KeikoLindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dapertutto
Kyle KETELSENAndrès, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio
Booking Opens: 2019 Dec 15 (Sun) 10:00
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