The Tales of Hoffmann (online)

Friday, April 9, 2021, 6:00 PM

  • Friday, April 9, 2021, 6:00 PM

The Tales of Hoffmann feature apparitions, mechanical dolls, troubled love stories and melancholy – but don’t worry, the mood is strictly buffo! Offenbach’s masterpiece has a long and complicated history and many variants, so the interpretation at the Kraków Opera is a perfect opportunity for its director Michał Znaniecki to create his very own vision, working alongside the conductor Tomasz Tokarczyk. There will be dazzling arias (Olympia performs a veritable coloratura obstacle course!) and the popular barcarolle, but the greatest challenge comes from bringing it all into a coherent whole.

The production, created in 2017, is full of pop culture references. The director refers to the screen creations of Stanley Kubrick, the futuristic concept of the “Black Mirror” TV series, and the theme of love for artificial intelligence in the science fiction thriller “Ex Machina” directed by Alex Garland. The scenography emphasizes the futuristic dimension of the production. “In the Krakow show, we are almost 20 years ahead of our current reality” – says the director Michał Znaniecki.

Direction, costumes: Michał Znaniecki
Musical direction: Tomasz Tokarczyk

Premiere: 9 June 2017

The performance held online on the PLAY KRAKÓW platform.

Other: acceptable for people with disabilities

Kraków Opera

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During the artistic season, the Kraków Opera presents around 200 performances: world classics, operettas, and ballet and musical productions for children.

During the artistic season, the Kraków Opera presents around 200 performances enjoyed by an audience of nearly 70,000. Its repertoire includes world classics (Carmen, Tosca, la Boheme), operettas (The Gypsy Baron, Die Fledermaus), and ballet and musical productions for children. Polish artists of world renown, notably Małgorzata Walewska, Mariusz Kwiecień, Andrzej Dobber, Wojtek Śmiłek, and Łukasz Borowicz, enjoy working with the Kraków Opera. The popularity of opera productions in Kraków makes it necessary to book tickets long in  advance. The artistic season of the Kraków opera ends on a powerful forte: a summer festival presenting musical productions amid the extraordinary scenery of Wawel Castle courtyard.

Guest performances by theatres and concerts can also be seen on the hospitable stage of the Kraków Opera.

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