Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this GrouponLive deal.
- The Tales of Hoffmann or season passes for 2013–14
- Where: Tennessee Theatre
- Seating: A-level of the orchestra or balcony
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click to view the seating chart for the orchestra or balcony.<p>
- $80 for two tickets to see The Tales of Hoffmann on Friday, October 25, at 8 p.m. or Sunday, October 27, at 2:30 p.m. (up to a $164 value). Doors open one hour before showtime.
- $117 for a season-pass for one person (up to a $234 value)
- $210 for a season-pass for two people (up to a $468 value)
- Click here to view the entire 2013–14 season.<p>
The Tales of Hoffmann
Jacques Offenbach’s magnum opus, The Tales of Hoffmann, casts author E.T.A. Hoffmann as the protagonist in three of his fantastic short stories. It begins with Hoffmann sitting in a Nuremberg tavern, drinking away the memories of three failed loves. But now there are two other women who vie for his hand—the prima donna Stella, who has sent him a coquettish letter, and the celestial Muse, who hopes to tempt him from human romance so he will focus on poetry. As he fastens his snorkel to dive deeper into his glass, Hoffmann is persuaded to tell all in attendance about the three women who ruined him. The first, Olympia, was no woman at all, but an automaton who was cruelly destroyed by her creator just as Hoffmann realized her true nature. The second was Antonia, who had a beautiful voice but a terrible illness that wouldn’t allow her to sing. The third, Giulietta, was the most insidious of all—she didn’t love him, but had been promised treasure if she could steal his reflection from the mirror. When Hoffmann finally comes out of his melancholy reverie, the question remains: will he fall for yet another pretty face, or will he aim higher for a purer expression of beauty?<p>
Like the original production of The Tales of Hoffmann, the Knoxville Opera casts the same actress, Talise Trevigne, as all four of Hoffman’s potential mates. But that isn’t the only such casting choice. Markus Beam plays all four of his rivals, and other faces play various roles in the three interconnected stories. This theme drives home the cyclical nature of the stories—though the names change and the circumstances differ, Hoffmann relives a tragedy over and over until he is able to move beyond mere mortal matters.<p>
The Knoxville Opera sings most of its notes in a venue befitting the regality of its material: the Tennessee Theatre. The former movie-house and decades-old stage swathes performers in Spanish-Moorish design, a strikingly blue domed ceiling, burgundy velvet seats, and gold accents. But the opera singers don't keep their voices contained there. Education and outreach programs send them throughout the community, performing at schools, shaking the downtown streets during themed festivals, and aiding local construction companies by shattering old glass buildings.