Photo: Hoffman at the Met

September 1st, 2009 by Smithsonian Journeys
Hoffman takes a dangerous psychological journey through Offenbach's opera.

Hoffman takes a dangerous psychological journey through Offenbach’s opera. Photo: Micaela Rossato/Metropolitan Opera

Jacques Offenbach never saw the premiere of The Tales of Hoffman; he died just four months before its opening in 1881. Hoffman is one take on the life and love affairs of German writer E.T.A. Hoffman, each act telling a different story from the author’s life. The opera explores the destruction of three of Hoffman’s lovers, each of whom dies after Hoffman becomes entangled in their lives, and Hoffman’s ultimate rejection of earthly love for the love of poetry and his muse.

This year, Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) directs a new Hoffman production. Music Director James Levine conducts Joseph Calleja the in title role. Anna Netrebko is Antonia and Alan Held sings the demonic four villains.

Get your opera fix with us this year — join us this December for Hoffman, Figaro, Il Trittico, and Elektra.

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One Response to “Photo: Hoffman at the Met”

  1. Jeff Barry Says:

    I will have to go up there to see it

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