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By Neil Norman   November 2016

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Les Contes D’Hoffmann

Royal Opera House, 7th November to 3rd December

Jacques Offenbach’s portmanteau opera was a departure from the comic operettas which made his name. Based on a play by Jules Barbier and Michel Carre, it knits together three of ETA Hoffmann’s fantastical tales in an exploration of the writer’s obsessive personality and his search for the perfect woman.

The opera was unfinished when Offenbach died in 1880 and as a result, many variations have been…

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