One of the best-loved French operas, Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann brings the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann to life. Hoffmann regales his friends in the tavern with the stories of his three past loves while the current object of his desire, Stella, is performing in the opera house nearby. By the time he has told of his romantic defeats with the mechanical doll Olympia, the passionate but doomed singer Antonia, and the Venetian courtesan Giulietta, he is overcome with drink. The opera over, Stella enters the tavern to acclaim, but the stupefied Hoffmann loses his love yet again when his archenemy Lindorf spirits her out the door on his arm.
Performances are at:
Miami - Adrienne Arsht Center • January 22, 25, 28, 30(m), February 2, 5, 2011
Fort Lauderdale - Broward Center • February 10 & 12, 2011