Wednesday 22 May 2013 -
Offenbach, The Tales of Hoffman, opera
A fantastic opera, a nightmarish fairytale…
Offenbach's final masterpiece, The Tales of Hoffman was subtitled "Fantastic Opera", and suffice to say that this title does the work justice.
After composing about a hundred operettas, Offenbach attempted to reconnect with "German romanticism", personified in his eyes by the strange figure of Hoffman. Thus it was through Hoffman's Tales that strange, earthy and grotesque characters were brought to life in a dreamy and yet nightmarish work.
A journey into pathos, into the mind of probably the maddest musical genius of his time, the very composer whose legacy included A Parisian Life.
Bavarian State Opera
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