Les contes d'Hoffmann
Opéra-fantastique in five acts (1881)
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Libretto by Jules Barbier based on on the play by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Edited by Michael Kaye und Jean-Christophe Keck
Mr. Friedkin started directing operas in 1998 with a widely-acclaimed production of Berg’s Wozzeck at Maggio Musicale in Florence. He followed that in 2002 with a double bill of Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at Los Angeles Opera. In 2004 at Los Angeles Opera, he directed R. Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Other operas include: 2005, Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah at the New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv, and Verdi’s Aida at the Teatro Regio Torino in Torino, Italy; 2006/07, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle/Gianni Schicchi - Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center, and Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany, new productions of Strauss’ Salome and the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Das Gehege; 2008, a double bill of Suor Angelica/Il Tabarro at Los Angeles Opera. Mr. Friedkin returned to Maggio Musicale, Florence in October 2011 with Leos Janácek's The Makropulos Case.