The Tales of Hoffmann

 The Tales of Hoffmann is an opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach. The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann. Hoffmann is the protagonist in the opera.

Barbier and Michel Carré had previously written a play, Les contes fantastiques d'Hoffmann, which was produced at the Odéon Theatre in Paris in 1851, and which Offenbach had seen.

The stories used in the opera were:

"Der Sandmann", 1816.

"Rath Krespel" 1818.

"Das verlorene Spiegelbild" from Die Abenteuer der Sylvester-Nacht, 1814.

The aria "Chanson de Kleinzach" in the Prologue is based on the short story "Klein Zaches, genannt Zinnober", 1819.

The Barcarolle, "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour" is the opera's most famous number.

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