Skip to main content
Intellect

BYU Opera to present "Tales of Hoffmann" Oct. 17-24

The classic opera “The Tales of Hoffmann” will be showing Oct. 17- 24 at 7 p.m. in Brigham Young University’s de Jong Concert Hall in a production sponsored by the BYU School of Music.

Tickets cost between $10 and $17 and are on sale at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or online at byuarts.com. The event is also part of the artsPASS season ticket package. There will be no performances Sunday or Monday.

Jacques Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” was first featured in 1881 based on three short stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It is the tale of a young poet, who we meet at the intermission of an opera. While visiting with friends, he is coaxed into telling the story of the three great loves of his life.

“The choice of this year’s opera was an interesting dilemma,” said director Lawrence Vincent of the School of Music faculty. “Knowing that the major roles are daunting, to say the least, and wanting to challenge, yet protect the voices of our gifted young singers, the vocal department conceived a novel idea: The title roles will be rotated during each evening’s performance.”

“Audiences will have the opportunity to hear different vocalists bring these great roles to life, each as his or her unique concept and talent dictates,” he said.

The production will be sung in French with English supertitles featuring a translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin. The students have been practicing the French dialogue since summer semester.

“BYU has been blessed with abundant and outstanding talent,” Vincent said. “We feel that it is our responsibility, as faculty, to give our students a head start in the professional opera world by performing operatic works in the original language.”

Kory Katseanes will be directing BYU’s Philharmonic Orchestra for the performances. Production stage manager is Lisa Elzey with scenic design by Travis Coyne and costume design by Deanne DeWitt, Donnette Perkins and Mary Jane Wadley.

For more information on the production, contact Lawrence Vincent at (801) 422-3165 or Ken Crossley at (801) 422-9348.

Writer: Brandon Garrett

Related Articles

data-content-type="article"

It's not rocket science... it's rocket engineering: BYU's Rocketry Team wins big again

July 11, 2024
The BYU Rocketry Team and their Utah-inspired rocket named “Alta” got on the podium three times, earning two first prizes and a second-place finish at the 2024 Spaceport America Cup.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

BYU study reveals fireworks’ impact on air quality

July 01, 2024
Fireworks' dazzling displays bring hidden dangers to Wasatch Front air.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

Don’t sink, or you’ll have to swim: Collegiate concrete canoe competition (yes, it’s a thing) comes to BYU

June 28, 2024
It’s summer, so naturally students are spending a lot of time out on the water in kayaks, paddle boards and canoes. If you’re an engineering student, apparently those canoes have to be made out of concrete.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText=