At a theatre near you: A scene from the opera The Tales of Hoffman staged by the English Touring Opera. Hanoi Cinematheque will present a screening of the classic production tomorrow night. – Photo theguardian.com
Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Hanoi Cinematheque will present a screening tomorrow of the classic production of Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman, an opera often categorised as an “opera fantastique” because it contains elements of the surreal and supernatural.
The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Hoffmann is the protagonist in the opera.
German-born French composer Offenbach did not live to see his opera performed. He died on October 5, 1880, four months before its premiere. However, he had completed the opera’s piano score and orchestrating the prologue and first act.
The opera will be performed in English with subtitles. The screening will start at 7pm.
Make a reservation by phoning Cinematheque between 2 and 9pm at (04) 39362648. Hanoi Cinematheque locates at 22A Hai Bà Trưng Street. — VNS