Irish National Opera presents: The Tales of Hoffmann

Irish National Opera presents: The Tales of Hoffmann

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 8.00pm

Irish National Opera presents The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach.

Nationwide tour (14 Sept. – 6 Oct): Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire, Navan, Limerick, Cork, Tralee, Kilkenny, Galway, Letterkenny, Sligo. Full details below.

One narrator. Drunk. The story of the women in his life. The complications of his current love and his current rival. And an evil shadow that follows him everywhere.

Offenbach was dubbed “the Mozart of the Champs-Élysées” by Rossini. His lyrical, effervescent final opera, left unfinished at his death, with its plot of strange, outrageous loves, an ever-present evil genius, not to mention the famous Barcarolle (borrowed from an earlier work) and an aria for a wind-up mechanical doll, is a treasure-trove for an imaginative director.

“I warn others solemnly that Offenbach’s music is wicked. It is abandoned stuff: every accent in it is a snap of the fingers in the face of moral responsibility: every ripple and sparkle on its surface twits me for my teetotalism, and mocks at the early rising of which I fully intend to make a habit some day.” — George Bernard Shaw, 1889

“Claudia Boyle… is captivating in the truest sense of the word, with her metallic, shining, controlled soprano, which she never pushes beyond being lyrical.” - OPERNWELT

“You really feel like you are dying by the end of the act. You feel this ecstasy while singing. You are dying, exhausted and excited.”

Sung in French with English surtitles

Hoffmann  Julian Hubbard
Olympia / Antonia / Giulietta / Stella  Claudia Boyle
Nicklausse  Gemma Ní Bhriain
Lindorf / Coppélius / Miracle / Dappertutto  John Molloy
Andrès / Cochenille / Franz / Pitichinaccio  Andrew Gavin
Crespel  Brendan Collins
The Voice  Carolyn Holt
Spalanzani  Fearghal Curtis
Schlemihl  Kevin Neville
Nathanaël Peter O’Reilly
Hermann  Cormac Lawlor
Luther  Robert McAllister

Conductor Andrew Synnott
Director Tom Creed
Set & Costume Designer Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer Sinéad McKenna
Irish National Opera Chorus & Ensemble

Nationwide tour
Friday 14 Sept 2018,
O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Dublin City

Saturday 15 Sept 2018, 7:30pm
O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Dublin City

Tuesday 18 Sept 2018, 7:30pm
Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire

Thursday 20 Sept 2018, 8pm
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

Saturday 22 Sept 2018, 8pm
Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

Tuesday 25 Sept 2018, 8pm
Everyman Theatre, Cork

Thursday 27 Sept 2018, 8pm
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee

Saturday 29 Sept 2018, 8pm
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

Tuesday 2 Oct 2018, 8pm
Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Thursday 4 Oct 2018, 8pm
An Grianán, Letterkenny

Saturday 6 Oct 2018, 8pm
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo


Irish National Opera 2018

Published on 14 August 2018

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