The Royal Opera's lavish production of Offenbach’s fantastical opera is a favourite with audiences, and this season the production takes its final bow. Created by Academy Award-winning film director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy), it brings alive a 19th-century world of romance, comedy, mystery and menace.
Charismatic young tenor Vittorio Grigòlo 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 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.