Opera on Screen: Les Contes D'Hoffmann


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Fri, Dec 30, 2016 11:30 AM
Film Info
Runtime:210 min
Country Listing:UK
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):John Schlesinger
Cinema Extra
Featuring:Evelino Pidò, Conductor
William Dudley, Set Designer
Cast:Vittorio Grigòlo, Hoffmann
Thomas Hampson, Four Villains
Sofia Fomina, Olympia
Christine Rice, Giulietta
Sonya Yoncheva, Antonia
Kate Lindsey, Nicklausse
Christophe Mortagne, Spalazani


Opera on Screen: Featuring the world's most celebrated operas.

Music by Jacques Offenbach.

Jacques Offenbach’s masterpiece of whimsy and imagination comes to life like never before in this sumptuous production from Academy Award winner John Schlesinger and The Royal Opera. Via his title character, Offenbach spins a series of miraculous tales featuring a lifelike automaton, magic glasses, a conniving doctor and stolen reflections. These fantastical elements provide ample material for breathtaking sets and costumes. Vittorio Grigolo shines as the poet Hoffmann, as do Sofia Fomina as Olympia, Christine Rice as Giulietta, Sonya Yoncheva as Antonia and Thomas Hampson as the villains.

In Italian, with English subtitles. Includes two 10-minute intermissions.

Critical praise:

  • Financial Times - "This revival’s star singers shine more brightly than most."
  • The Guardian - 4/5 stars, "Grigòlo and Hampson make a striking pairing."
  • Independent - 4/5 stars, "It’s an extraordinary work, definitely worth catching."
  • Telegraph - 4/5 stars, "A banquet of visual and musical pleasure, warmly recommended."


Additional Information

Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free)