Hoffmann NEIL SHICOFF La Muse/Nicklausse SUSANNE MENTZER Lindorf Coppélius BRYN TERFEL Dr. Miracle Dapertutto Andrès/Cochenille/Frantz/Pitichinaccio MICHEL SÉNÉCHAL Olympia DÉSIRÉE RANCATORE Antonia RUTH ANN SWENSON Giulietta BÉATRICE URIA-MONZON ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS OF THE OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS Conducted by JESUS LOPEZ-COBOS Directed by ROBERT CARSEN Set Design and Costumes by MICHAEL LEVINE
Three stories of passionate affairs, lost loves and the illusions of an artist! Hoffman, a musician and poet, recounts his love for the automaton Olympia, the singer Antonia and the courtesan Giulietta. In his only grand opera, Offenbach created a fantasyfi lled, dreamlike atmosphere. The opera, which culminates with the immortal „Barcarolle“ Belle nuit, ô nuit d‘amour „, is considered to be one the most successful in the French repertoire.
Arthaus Musik presents a DVD of Robert Carsen’s celebrated staging of Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Opéra Bastille. The award-winning Canadian is one of the foremost opera directors of today, well known for his exquisitely crafted productions and the classic beauty of his opera interpretations. He fi rst produced Les contes d’Hoffmann for the Opéra de Paris in March 2000, and because of its great success, this production returned to the stage in October 2002, when this DVD was recorded.
The film captures this vibrant staging, oscillating between the famous chorus scenes at Luther’s inn and the intimate moments of Hoffmann’s tragic tales. The great American singer-actors Neil Shicoff and Susanne Mentzer as Hoffmann and his friend Nicklausse lead through the three stories with highly versatile acting, while famous Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel plays and sings the four evil characters with awe-inspiring conviction.
The DVD also includes three interviews as bonus tracks.