Loosely based on the life and work of German writer E.T.A. Hoffmann, Offenbach’s opéra fantastique about a brooding poet anguishing over his three lost loves is full of surreal twists and stunning music.
THE TALES OF HOFFMANN | 2020 FESTIVAL
Sunday, April 26 | 2 pm Friday, May 1 | 7:30 pm Sunday, May 3 | 2 pm
Performances in Copeland Hall at The Grand (818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE)
Inspired by the life and work of German writer E.T.A. Hoffmann, Offenbach’s masterwork about a poet brooding over three doomed romances is full of surreal twists and stunning music. Offenbach never saw Hoffmann in performance; he died four months prior to the premiere. The piece has been performed in many different editions over the years, with authentic source material being discovered as recently as 1999. Which edition Offenbach would have preferred remains a mystery. With its ravishing barcarolle, high-flying doll song, and a sublime septet, this opéra fantastique is filled with some of opera’s greatest hits.
Sung in French with English supertitles.
2020 FESTIVAL | APRIL 25-MAY 3
Celebrating the beginnings of opera, the height of romantic opera, and the future of opera, all through the lens of "the unfinished."