The Royal Opera's lavish production of Offenbach's fantastical operatic drama Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) is a favorite with audiences. Created by Academy Award-winning film director John Schlesinger, this production, recorded live in 2016, brings to life a 19th-century world of romance, comedy, mystery and menace. At the center of these extraordinary tales of clockwork dolls, magical glasses, ghostly voices and sensual courtesans is the vivid imagination of the drunken Romantic poet E.T.A. Hoffmann. Charismatic Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo is Hoffmann—compelled to tell the story of his lovers who, he believes, have all been stolen by a succession of arch villains (all four performed by baritone Thomas Hampson). 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. Transporting audiences from the visually alluring world of Paris to the hedonism of Venice, the costumes and ravishing sets make this production a cinematic feast for the eyes. Sung in French with English subtitles.