NCPA opera Les Contes d'Hoffmann returns after six years

NCPAJuly/11/2019
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Jacques Offenbach, whose “swan song” Les Contes d’Hoffmann was put on stage again on the night of July 10th.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

As maestro Pinchas Steinberg gestured neatly, there rose the classic melody of the Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach, Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille and “Barcarolle”.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Premiering in 2013, NCPA opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann is the second masterpiece after Carmen produced by the world's renowned opera director Francesca Zambello with set designer Peter J. Davison.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

The stage scenery was sumptuous, and the costumes looked outlandish alongside a combination of classical and modern arts. The audience “walked” from one romantic scene to another on stage.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

The poet Hoffmann was played by Austrian tenor Peter Sonn, who conquered the audience by singing in a mellow voice with authentic French pronunciations.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Nicklausse, played by Paola Gardina, appeared as an incarnation of La Muse. She followed Hoffmann everywhere he went and often got him out of a love dilemma.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

The "mechanic doll" Olympia, performed by Daria Terekhova, amused the audience by singing Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Ekaterina Bakanova sang Antonia's aria Elle a fui la tourterelle”, making it very pathetic and so touching.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Giulietta (by Nancy Fabiola Herrera) gave her “Barcarolle”, bringing the romantic atmosphere to a climax.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Hoffman failed in love three times, but he eventually saved himself with art.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

The Chinese and foreign singers worked with the China NCPA Chorus and Orchestra in acting out this complicated story, where there are 22 characters, vividly in an elegant manner.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Les Contes d'Hoffmann will be staged until July 14th, and the other cast, with CHEN Yong (right), ZHANG Yajie, SONG Yuanming, WANG Hongyao, ZHANG Wenqin (left) and WU Wei, will come on stage with their birilliant interpretation.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

  • This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Jacques Offenbach, whose “swan song” Les Contes d’Hoffmann was put on stage again on the night of July 10th.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

  • As maestro Pinchas Steinberg gestured neatly, there rose the classic melody of the Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach, Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille and “Barcarolle”.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

  • Premiering in 2013, NCPA opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann is the second masterpiece after Carmen produced by the world's renowned opera director Francesca Zambello with set designer Peter J. Davison.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

  • The stage scenery was sumptuous, and the costumes looked outlandish alongside a combination of classical and modern arts. The audience “walked” from one romantic scene to another on stage.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

  • The poet Hoffmann was played by Austrian tenor Peter Sonn, who conquered the audience by singing in a mellow voice with authentic French pronunciations.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

  • Nicklausse, played by Paola Gardina, appeared as an incarnation of La Muse. She followed Hoffmann everywhere he went and often got him out of a love dilemma.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

  • The "mechanic doll" Olympia, performed by Daria Terekhova, amused the audience by singing Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

  • Ekaterina Bakanova sang Antonia's aria Elle a fui la tourterelle”, making it very pathetic and so touching.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

  • Giulietta (by Nancy Fabiola Herrera) gave her “Barcarolle”, bringing the romantic atmosphere to a climax.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

  • Hoffman failed in love three times, but he eventually saved himself with art.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

  • The Chinese and foreign singers worked with the China NCPA Chorus and Orchestra in acting out this complicated story, where there are 22 characters, vividly in an elegant manner.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

  • Les Contes d'Hoffmann will be staged until July 14th, and the other cast, with CHEN Yong (right), ZHANG Yajie, SONG Yuanming, WANG Hongyao, ZHANG Wenqin (left) and WU Wei, will come on stage with their birilliant interpretation.

    Photo by WANG XiaojingLearn more

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Jacques Offenbach, whose “swan song” Les Contes d’Hoffmann was put on stage again on the night of July 10th.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

As maestro Pinchas Steinberg gestured neatly, there rose the classic melody of the Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach, Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille and “Barcarolle”.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Premiering in 2013, NCPA opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann is the second masterpiece after Carmen produced by the world's renowned opera director Francesca Zambello with set designer Peter J. Davison.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

The stage scenery was sumptuous, and the costumes looked outlandish alongside a combination of classical and modern arts. The audience “walked” from one romantic scene to another on stage.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

The poet Hoffmann was played by Austrian tenor Peter Sonn, who conquered the audience by singing in a mellow voice with authentic French pronunciations.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Nicklausse, played by Paola Gardina, appeared as an incarnation of La Muse. She followed Hoffmann everywhere he went and often got him out of a love dilemma.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

The "mechanic doll" Olympia, performed by Daria Terekhova, amused the audience by singing Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Ekaterina Bakanova sang Antonia's aria Elle a fui la tourterelle”, making it very pathetic and so touching.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Giulietta (by Nancy Fabiola Herrera) gave her “Barcarolle”, bringing the romantic atmosphere to a climax.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Hoffman failed in love three times, but he eventually saved himself with art.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

The Chinese and foreign singers worked with the China NCPA Chorus and Orchestra in acting out this complicated story, where there are 22 characters, vividly in an elegant manner.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

Les Contes d'Hoffmann will be staged until July 14th, and the other cast, with CHEN Yong (right), ZHANG Yajie, SONG Yuanming, WANG Hongyao, ZHANG Wenqin (left) and WU Wei, will come on stage with their birilliant interpretation.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing

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