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image for Opera item typeLes Contes D'Hoffmann (Pre-recorded from the Royal at Civic and Cramphorn Theatres

Opera, Sun 20 Nov 2016

Civic and Cramphorn Theatres

Civic and Cramphorn Theatres


Chelmsford City Theatres

01245 606505


Fairfield Road,


Pre-recorded from the Royal Opera House, London

Music by Jacques Offenbach
Conducted by Evelino Pido
Directed by John Schlesinger

Hoffmann - Vittorio Grigolo
Villains - Thomas Hampson
Olympia - Sofia Fomina
Giulietta - Christine Rice
Antonia - Sonya Yoncheva

The Royal Opera's lavish production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), Offenbach's masterpiece, is a favourite with audiences. Created by Academy Award-winning film director John Schlesinger, this production brings alive a 19th-century world of romance, comedy, mystery and menace.

At the centre of these extraordinary tales of clockwork dolls, magical glasses, ghostly voices and sensual courtesans is the vivid imagination of the drunken Romantic poet Hoffmann. Charismatic young tenor Vittorio Grigolo 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 music includes the famous ‘Barcarolle’ and 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.

Running time: Approx. 3 hours 30 mins including 2 intervals
Sung in French with English subtitles

Please note details of live performance are subject to change.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 20 Nov 2016 14:00


Tickets: £14.50
Conc: £13.00
PREMIUM seats: £2.00 extra
£1 off full price and standard concessionary tickets for Leisure Plus cardholders
Registered unemployed and full-time (FE/HE) students: £7.00
Group Booking discount available (One in every ten free)
A £1.50 fee is applicable per transaction, except for cash and debit card payments made in person and by telephone



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Map reference: TL 703071  Lat: 51.73672 Long: 0.46496

By Road:
The Civic and Cramphorn Theatres are situated in Fairfield Road in the heart of Chelmsford's West End. Both venues are only a short walk from the train station.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Chelmsford station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing