Afternoon at the Opera

The Tales of Hoffmann

Los Angeles Opera performs The Tales of Hoffmann

From the Los Angeles Opera website

"Four Stars" - Los Angeles Daily News

"The Tales of Hoffmann is sure-fire operatic entertainment" - KXLU

The sensational Vittorio Grigolo returns to LA Opera as poet E.T.A. Hoffmann, whose boozy recollections of the women he has loved and lost set the plot in motion. The cast also features Kate Aldrich, Kate Lindsey and superstar Diana Damrau in her company debut. Marta Domingo's staging captures the half-remembered, half-fantasy dreamworld of Offenbach's final masterpiece.

Urged on by his drinking buddies, Hoffmann recounts the stories of the fascinating women who captured his heart—wind-up doll Olympia, conniving Giulietta, fragile Antonia and elusive Stella. Hoffmann's doomed pursuit of romance, foiled by sinister figures of darkness at every turn, ultimately leads him to a poet's artistic salvation. Plácido Domingo conducts Offenbach's compellingly atmospheric score.