NCPA Opera Les Contes d'Hoffmann in rehearsal

NCPA July/03/2019
During July 10th-14th, 2019, the NCPA production of Offenbach’s opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann will be presented on stage for the second time. On July 2nd, the press was invited by the NCPA to visit rehearsal under the baton of Rehearsal Director Stephan Grögler and take a closer look at the storyline behind Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

Israeli maestro Pinchas Steinberg will conduct the second round of performance.
Photo by WANG Xiaojing
The prototype of the leading male role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann is German writer and poet E. T. A. Hoffmann. The opera tells a fantastic love story between Huffman and three women. He experiences romantic loves, but each love ends with tragedy. The opera is hailed as an exquisite masterpiece. The music is full of charms, which features not only coloratura aria Les oiseaux dans la charmille, but also romantic and wonderful Barcarolle. NCPA Opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann was premiered in 2013, under joint efforts from opera director Francesca Zambello and stage art designer Peter J. Davison.

Reporters were invited by the NCPA to visit rehearsal under the direction of Rehearsal Director Stephan Grögler.
Photo by WANG Xiaojing
Israeli maestro Pinchas Steinberg will conduct the second round of performance, who served as Lifelong Guest Conductor of Vienna State Opera and Principal Conductor of Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. For the upcoming performance, Peter Sonn, CHEN Yong, Paola Gardina and ZHANG Yajie will play Hoffman and Nicklausse (La Muse). Ekaterina Bakanova, SONG Yuanming, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, WANG Hongyao, Daria Terekhova and ZHANG Wenqin will play heroines in the three love stories, respectively. In addition, many other Chinese and foreign singers, such as Dmitry Ulyanov, WU Wei, Dietmar Kirshenbaum, LIANG Yufeng, JIN Jiujie, WANG Hexiang and Marco Spehar, will also jointly come on stage to unfold this magical and fantastic work Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

Chinese performers presented the highlights of Act II.
Photo by WANG Xiaojing

At the rehearsal scene, Chinese performers presented the highlights of Act II, which is the first love story told by Hoffmann. Hoffman (by CHEN Yong) and Olympia (by NCPA Resident Artist ZHANG Wenqin) demonstrated the fantastic love game. The audiences also shouted bravo when watching the very challenging classical coloratura aria Les oiseaux dans la charmille.

NCPA Opera Les Contes d'Hoffmann

NCPA Opera Les Contes d'Hoffmann



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