Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)

MAY 17 – JUNE 21

In the new version of Les contes d’Hoffmann, by Jacques Offenbach, which will be presented to the public in Madrid, Nicklausse, the muse and alter ego of Hoffmann, sings: “On est grand par l’amour, mais plus grand par les pleurs” (One is enriched by love, but also by sadness). This it the main motif in the work by, “the ever cheerful Offenbach” and it appears in a work that is part of the same romantic movement that spans from Victor Hugo to Thomas Mann, passing by Berlioz. The common link between the work by these men is that art and inspiration come from the suffering and sadness in the world. This makes it the only opera by Offenbach in which art triumphs over the pain of love.

Opéra fantastique in five acts
Libretto by Jules Barbier, after the play by Barbier and Michel Carré, based on the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann

New production of Teatro Real

Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra
(Coro Intemezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

hoffman2Production Team

  • Musical director: Sylvain Cambreling
  • Stage Director: Christoph Marthaler
  • Set and costume designer: Anna Viebrock
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero


  • Hoffmann: Eric Cutler (May. 17, 21, 25, 28 · Jun. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15) ; Jean-Noël Briend (May. 31 · Jun. 18, 21)
  • La Musa / Nicklausse: Anne Sofie von Otter (May. 17, 21, 25, 28 · Jun. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15); Hannah Esther Minutillo (May. 31 · Jun. 18, 21)

  • Lindorf / Coppélius / Dr. Miracle / Dapertutto: Vito Priante

  • Andrés / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio: Christoph Homberger

  • Olympia: Ana Durlovski

  • Antonia / Giulietta*: Measha Brueggergosman

  • Voice of Antonia ´s mother: Lani Poulson

  • Nathanaël: Gerardo López

  • Spalanzani: Graham Valentine

  • Hermann: Tomeu Bibiloni

  • Schlemil: Isaac Galán

  • Maítre Luther / Crespel: Jean-Philippe Lafont

  • Stella: To be announced

*Ainhoa Arteta was going to sing the role of Giulietta.
Instead of her, Measha Brueggergosman will perform the mentioned role.

Performance Dates

  • 17 MAY (S) 19:00h
  • 21 MAY (W) 19:00h
  • 25 MAY (S) 18:00h
  • 28 MAY (W) 19:00h
  • 31 MAY (S) 19:00h
  • 3 JUN (T) 19:00h
  • 6 JUN (F) 19:00h
  • 9 JUN (M) 19:00h
  • 12 JUN (T) 19:00h
  • 15 JUN (S) 18:00h
  • 18 JUN (W) 19:00h
  • 21 JUN (S) 19:00h
  • Place:Main Hall

    teatro Real


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