Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Metropolitan Opera, September 26
Anita Hartig stars as Antonia and Stella in Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. This Bartlett Sher production opens on September 26. Future performances are scheduled on September 30 and October 4, 7, 13, 18, 21, 24 and 28.
Listen to the opening night live on Sirius XM, starting 7:30pm New York time.
Premiere: Opéra Comique, Paris, 1881. After becoming the toast of Paris with his witty operettas, Jacques Offenbach set out to create a more serious work. He chose as his source a successful play based on the stories of visionary German writer E.T.A. Hoffmann. Three of these tales—at once profound, eerie, and funny—were unified in the play by a narrative frame that made Hoffmann the protagonist of his own stories. Each episode recounts a catastrophic love affair, and throughout the opera, Hoffmann is dogged by a diabolical nemesis and accompanied by his faithful friend Nicklausse.