The Tales of Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach

The Tales of Hoffmann


Opera in three acts with a prologue and epilogue performed in French

The new SND building, Opera and Ballet hall
14. 6. 2019 15. 6. 2019

The French operatic opus from the period of Romanticism contains a range of quite diverse works. Nonetheless, one of the operas is particularly mysterious. During his fruitful life, Jacques Offenbach composed ninety-nine operas, though only a single genuine opera. The Tales of Hoffmann, opéra fantastique, presents a mysterious confession of the poet Hoffmann who reminisces about his loves in fantasy context. As an ordinary mortal he keeps altering his past, making some things prettier, deforming others. Yet, in principle, he dreams of it, idealises it and dwells in the beauty of his three muses – Antonia, Olympia and Giulietta. As it happens in life, the reality is far crueller than fantasy; awakening tends to be more bitter than a dream. 

Running time: 3 hrs 15 mins with two interval

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Production Team

Musical Preparation Tomáš Brauner
Chorus Master Pavel Procházka
Directed by Pavol Smolík
Set design Jaroslav Valek
Videoprojections Martin Kákoš
Choreography Jaroslav Moravčík
Dramaturg Martin Bendik


Lindorf/Coppélius/Miracle/ Dapertutto Gustáv Beláček (as a guest) Jozef Benci (as a guest)
Nathanaël/Cochenille/Frantz/ Pitichinaccio Martin Gyimesi (as a guest) Róbert Remeselník (as a guest)
Hermann/Schlémil Ján Ďurčo František Ďuriač (as a guest)
Matka Antonie (hlas) Jitka Sapara Fischerová (as a guest) Denisa Šlepkovská (as a guest)