The Zorlu PSM screenings of Royal Opera House productions continue with “Les Contes D’Hoffman” (The Tales of Hoffman), a well-regarded opera by Jacques Offenbach.
The opera will be at Zorlu PSM on Dec. 29.
Adapted by three short stories of Prussian author Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffman, titled “The Sandman,” “Councilor Krespel” and “The Lost Reflection,” the opera also uses Hoffman as its protagonist. It made its premiere at the Opéra-Comique on Feb. 10, 1881, and had made over 100 performances by the end of 1881, gaining critical acclaim with a libretto by Jules Barbier and compositions by Offenbach.
Touring around the world with performances in Geneva, Hamburg, Budapest, New York, Mexico, Vienna, Prague, Antwerp, Berlin, Buenos Aires, St. Petersburg, Barcelona and London, the opera was adapted to the screen three times: Richard Oswald’s “Hoffmanns Erzählungen” (1916), Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s “The Tales of Hoffman” (1951), and Walter Felsenstein and Georg F. Mielke’s “Hoffmanns Erzählungen” (1970).
The Royal Opera House production of “Les Contes D’Hoffman” features Vittorio Grigolo as the title character, with the company of an exceptional cast consisting of Thomas Hampson, Sonya Yoncheva, Christine Rice and Sofia Fomina.