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L’ ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES

Music by Maurice Ravel

Libretto by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Orchestration by Xaver Paul Thoma

In French with German surtitles

 

OLYMPIA

Second act from Les contes d’Hoffmann

Music by Jacques Offenbach

Libretto by Jules Barbier

Orchestration by Leonard Eröd

In French with German surtitles

Production of Theater an der Wien in der Kammeroper

Premiere: 26 February 2019, 7 pm until 9.05 pm (Intermission: 7.50 pm)

Performances: 1 / 3 / 5 / 8 / 11 / 13 / 15 March 2019, 7 pm

Content

Instead of doing homework, the child wants to eat cake and play outside. It answers its mother’s rebukes with insolence. When the mother locks it in its room as a punishment the child takes it out on its books, toys and pets. The wallpaper is ripped, furniture tipped over, the pendulum torn out of the clock, the cat’s tail pulled and the squirrel tormented in its cage. But suddenly the child’s victims and their fellows come to life and are full of reproach: the armchair, the chairs, the tattered book and the mangled figures on the wallpaper are all alive and threaten the child. It runs in fear into the garden, but there the cat it maltreated, the dragonfly and the bat are all waiting. They all attack the child, and end up fighting each other. Now the child sees what it has done and tends to the injured squirrel. The other animals all stop in their tracks, moved by this unexpected show of compassion. What will become of a child like this when it grows up? Will it ever be able to tell the difference between reality and fantasy? In the second part of the evening, the child has become the young writer Hoffmann. He has been invited to visit the eccentric inventor Spalanzani whose passion is making automatons that look like people. Now he is ready to present his masterpiece as his daughter Olympia. However, he had to call on the assistance of Coppélius, who provided her with human eyes. During the presentation of this mechanical miracle, Hoffmann, supplied with a special pair of spectacles, falls in love with the lady robot since it not only dances the waltz brilliantly but also sings enchanting coloraturas. When Coppélius, whom Spalanzani has cheated out of his wages, furiously destroys the work of art they created together, Hoffmann is brought back to reality with a jolt. Both the child and the writer take a trip into the world of fantasy, with one difference: the child’s urge to destroy takes it to a bizarre dream world that heals it, while for the grown-up the dreamlike vision of his one great love ends in bitter disappointment.

Cast

Conductor

Raphael Schluesselberg

Biography
Director

Barbora Horáková-Joly

Biography
Set & costume design

Eva-Maria van Acker

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Light design

Franz Tscheck

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Choreography

James Rosental

Biography
Hoffmann

Quentin Desgeorges

Biography
Hoffmann als Kind

Tatiana Kuryatnikova

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Hoffmann als kleines Kind

Samuel Wegleitner

Biography
Mutter / Tasse / Libelle

Juliette Mars

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Sessel / Baum

Dumitru Madarašan

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Lehnsessel / Hirtin / Eule / Eichhörnchen

Ghazal Kazemi

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Uhr / Kater

Georg Klimbacher

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Teekanne / Kleiner alter Mann / Frosch

Johannes Bamberger

Biography
Feuer / Prinzessin / Nachtigall

Ilona Revolskaya

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Junge Hirtin / Katze / Fledermaus

Jenna Siladie

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Olympia

Ilona Revolskaya

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Coppelius

Dumitru Madarašan

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Spalanzani

Johannes Bamberger

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Orchestra

Wiener KammerOrchester

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