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University of Kent,
VITTORIO GRIGOLO IN THE TITLE ROLE LEADS AN EXCELLENT CAST INCLUDING THOMAS HAMPSON, SONYA YONCHEVA, CHRISTINE RICE AND SOFIA FOMINA IN OFFENBACH’S FANTASTICAL OPERATIC DRAMA.
The Royal Opera's lavish production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), Offenbach's masterpiece, is a favourite with audiences. Created by Academy Award-winning film director John Schlesinger, this production brings alive a 19th-century world of romance, comedy, mystery and menace. At the centre of these extraordinary tales of clockwork dolls, magical glasses, ghostly voices and sensual courtesans is the vivid imagination of the drunken Romantic poet Hoffmann. Charismatic young tenor Vittorio Grigolo is Hoffmann – compelled to tell the story of his lovers who, he believes, have all been stolen by a succession of arch villains. Superb baritone Thomas Hampson performs all four villains.
The music includes the famous ‘Barcarolle’and the stunning showpiece numbers are perfect vehicles for the vocal virtuosity of Sofia Fomina as the clockwork doll Olympia,
Christine Rice as the courtesan Giulietta, and Sonya Yoncheva as Hoffmann's last love Antonia.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME 3 HOURS
30 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS.
SUNG IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
HOFFMANN VITTORIO GRIGOLO
VILLAINS THOMAS HAMPSON
OLYMPIA SOFIA FOMINA
GIULIETTA CHRISTINE RICE
ANTONIA SONYA YONCHEVA
MUSIC JACQUES OFFENBACH
CONDUCTOR EVELINO PIDÒ
DIRECTOR JOHN SCHLESINGER
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By car: Situated on the campus of the University of Kent. Follow the A2/M2 towards Dover and turn off onto the A28 towards Canterbury. Continue up to a large roundabout and follow the signs to 'The University'. When on the University's campus, follow the signs to the Gulbenkian Theatre. A map is available to download from their website.
By train: The closest BR train station is Canterbury West. From there, buses are available by Westgate to take you onto the University's campus. From the University drop off point, follow the signs towards the library and the Cornwallis buildings and on to the theatre.
By bus: A regular bus service operates from Canterbury City Centre to the University. For details telephone Travel Line on 0871 200 2233. Unibuse 08702 433 711 www.stagecoachbus.com/eastkent
Free parking is available to Gulbenkian customers after 5pm on weekdays and all day at weekends in any University car park.
: 2 miles from Canterbury West station