Friday, January 4, 2013

Event: Edmonton Opera’s 'Les Contes d’Hoffmann'

The Edmonton Opera is putting on it's adaptation of Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) this February at the N.A. Jubilee Auditorium, and you should go and see it! Here’s why, and here’s how:

"A dark fairytale under the Big Top

In this richly melodic work, the poet Hoffmann dreams of three women: the wind-up doll Olympia, the siren Giulietta, and Antonia – a frail and consumptive opera singer. Hoffmann’s grand but misguided attempts at love are foiled by the supernatural villain Dapertutto, who robs Hoffmann of his better self and any chance of happiness in love. Offenbach’s final masterpiece is full of gorgeous melodies, seductive love scenes, and fantastic characters – a dark fairy tale and feast for the eyes and ears.

Director’s Message: 

This opera contains some of the most moving music, but also some of the most disturbing characters that any opera or theatrical show has ever known. The world of a turn-of-the-century circus is full of a cast of characters that are dark and mysterious and exist in a world where we cheer for the mysterious dark magician and laugh at the downtrodden sad clown. They appear and disappear though turnof- the-century machinery, magic and trickery, smoke, and funhouse mirrors.
 — Joel Ivany, Director*

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Here’s what you can do to get yourself ready (*er,cough!i’m-a-nerd*ahem!*).

ONE: Purchase your ticket

TWO: Read the Wikipedia article and watch the 1951 film version of the opera so that you will have something truly clever to say to the person beside you when you…

THREE: Attend the Opera 101 talk on Wednesday, January 23rd from 7 to 9 PM at the AGA.

FOUR: (optional) Take your students, if you have any, to see the dress rehearsal on January 30th, by filling out this form.

FIVE: Enjoy the show! Opera for the people!

~ Suzie

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