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Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann

Giancarlo del Monaco (stage director), Alain Guingal (conductor) – With Aquiles Machado (Hoffman), Milagros Poblador (Olympia) – Palacio Euskalduna de Bilbao

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Cast

Giancarlo del Monaco — Stage director
Michael Scott — Set designer, costume designer
Wolfgang von Zoubek — Lighting
Elena Kalabakas — Assistant stage director
Aquiles Machado — Hoffmann
Milagros Poblador — Olympia
Valentina Kutzarova — Giulietta
María Bayo — Antonia
Konstantin Gorny — Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Miracle, Dapertutto
Katharine Goeldner — Nicklausse
Christophe Fel — Luther, Crespel
Christian Jean — Spalanzani
Itxaro Mentxaka — Antonia’s Mother
José Ruiz — Andrés, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio
Marco Moncloa — Hermann, Meter Schlémil
Manuel De Diego — Nathanaël
Itziar Fernández De Unda — Stella

Program notes

A fantastic Aquiles Machado interpreting Hoffmann, a young hero at the research of the Romantic ideal.

In a tavern in Nuremberg, a Muse reveals her purpose to seduce Hoffmann, a young and romantic character, who accepts to entertain his friend by telling the story of the three great loves of his life. Hoffman's first love was Olympia, which turned out to be eventually a mechanical doll created by the scientist Spalanzi. Hoffmann's second love was Antonia, a young and sensitive women gifted with the most beautiful voice. Unfortunately a mysterious illness threatened to kill her if she started singing. Under the harmful influence of Dr Miracle, she yielded to temptation and died. Overwhelmed with grief, Hoffmann swore not to fall in love ever again. But Giulietta, a Venetian courtesan, succeeded in courting the young man and filches Hoffman's reflection from a magic mirror, before leaving in the arms of another lover, Pittichinaccio. The Muse, who took the appearance of Hoffmann's closest friend, Nikolausse, reveals then her true identity...

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Directed by:
Ángel Luis Ramírez
Venue: Palacio Euskalduna de Bilbao (Bilbao, Spain)
Production date: 2006
Duration: 2 h 46 min
Production: © Opus Arte / ABAO
Available subtitle(s): EN, ES