Les contes d’Hoffmann

Offenbach’s grand French opera follows the poet Hoffmann as he searches for true love in a magical tale of thwarted love, art, and revenge! Best known for the Barcarolle “Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour,” “Chanson de Kleinzach,” and the ultimate showcase of coloratura soprano singing, Olympia’s “Doll aria.” Les contes d’Hoffmann is a haunting tale of one man’s desire for the perfect woman. Hounded by his other-worldly nemesis and accompanied by Nicklausse, his ever-faithful friend, Hoffmann seems forever unlucky in love. Darkly playful and set against fantastical backdrops and stirring chorus formations, the opera renders the story of Hoffmann’s descent into madness and intoxication in faithful detail.

ConductorScott Schoonover
DirectorMark Freiman
HoffmannWilliam Davenport*
Lindorf/Coppélius/Dappertutto/Dr. MiracleJeremiah Sanders*
Andrès/Spalanzani/Pittichinaccio/FrantzAnthony Webb
Olympia/Giulietta/Antonia/StellaBrooklyn Snow
NicklausseEmma Sorenson
Nathanael/CochenilleAnthony Heinemann
Luther/CrespelJoel Rogier
Hermann/SchlemilRandell McGee++
Voice of Antonia’s MotherLiya Khaimova

Ensemble: Doug Allebach, Sharifa Black, Grace Fisher++, David Fournie++, Rebecca Hatlelid, Anthony Heinemann, Merry Keller, Ryan Keller, Liya Khaimova, Christina Kruger, Randell McGee++, Jamison McKeehan+, Joel Rogier, Miles Wadlington+, and Danielle Yilmaz

*UAO debut
+ 2020 Crescendo Participant
++ Past Crescendo Participant