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The Tales of Hoffmann ()

Produced by

Canadian Opera Company

Composer: Jacques Offenbach
Director: Lee Blakeley


R. Fraser Elliott Hall


April 10th, 2012 – May 14th, 2010


The titular character is a poet and storyteller in love with Stella, an opera singer. At a local tavern with his friend Nicklausse (actually his Muse in disguise) and his rival Lindorf, Hoffmann is convinced to sing a song to the eagerly listening revelers (he’s quite drunk at this point). The ensuing performance relates his pursuit of three prior great loves—and how they were thwarted by a cast of demonic villains, all played by bass-baritone John Relyea. (


Lauren Segal The Muse / Nicklausse
John Relyea Lindorf / Coppelius / Dr. Miracle / Dapertutto
Steven Cole Andres / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio
Valerian Ruminski Luther
Christopher Enns Nathanael
Philippe Sly Hermann
Russell Thomas Hoffmann
Michael Barrett Spalanzani
Andriana Chuchman Olympia
Erin Wall Antonia
Gregory Dahl Crespel / Schlemil
Ileana Montalbetti The Voice of Antonia's Mother
Keri Alkema Giulietta
Ambur Braid Stella

Creative Team

Jacques Offenbach Composer
Lee Blakeley Director
Roni Toren Set Designer
Brigitte Reiffenstuel Costume Designer
Jenny Cane Lighting Designer
Tess Gibbs Movement Director


Johannes Debus Conductor


Sandra Horst Chorus Master
Stephanie Marrs Stage Manager
Gunta Dreifelds SurtitlesTM Producer