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The Tales of Hoffmann

March 16–29, 2018

Past Show

This project is generously sponsored by:

Jan Serr & John Shannon with additional funding from the New Opera Fund established in memory of Mary Ann Gerlach

Audience Information

An imaginative and kinetic new version of Offenbach’s gorgeous opera, sung in English. The story centers on the poet Hoffmann as he tells of his quest to find love, the ideal woman and the balance between love and art. The story of Hoffman’s three ill-fated romances features dazzling music and tour-de-force arias, including the famous Doll Aria sung by the mechanical doll Olympia.

In collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre.

Composed by Jacques Offenbach
Libretto by Michel Carre and Jules Barbier
New Adaptation/Translation by Daniel J Brylow
Orchestration by Kerry Bieneman

Cast & Crew


Hoffmann, A Poet – John Kaneklides
Nicklausse, The Muse Of Poetry – Diane Lane
Curtain Speech Singer – Jean Broekhuizen
Olympia, A Wind-Up Doll – Cecilia Davis
Coppélius, A Maker Of Eyes – Ariana Douglas
Spalanzani, An Inventor – Nathan Wesselowski
Cochenille, Spalanzani's Servant – Brett Sweeney
Antonia, Crespel's Daughter – Susan Wiedmeyer
Dr. Miracle, A "Physician" – Cecilia Davis
Crespel, A Violin Maker – Eddie Lupella
Frantz, His Servant – Brett Sweeney
A Ghost, The Voice Of Antonia's Mother – Carol Greif
Giulietta, A Courtesan – Ariana Douglas
Dapertutto, A Sorcerer – Susan Wiedmeyer
Schlémil, Giulietta's Current Lover – Doug Clemons
Pitichinaccio, A Servant – Brett Sweeney
Hoffmann Cover – Tim Rebers
Ensemble – Jean Broekhuizen
Ensemble – Melissa Cardamone
Ensemble – Doug Clemons
Ensemble – Carol Greif
Ensemble – Eddie Lupella
Ensemble – Brett Sweeney
Ensemble – Nathan Wesselowski
Ensemble – Jackie Willis

Harp – Rebecca Royce
Percussion – Michael “Ding” Lorenz


Stage Director – Jill Anna Ponasik
Music Director
– Kerry Bieneman
– James Zager ***
Scenic Designer
– Lisa Anne Schlenker
Lighting Designer
– Jason Fassl**
Costume Designer
– Sonya Berlovitz
Production Stage Manager
– Daniel J. Hanson
Assistant Director
– Daniel J. Brylow
Assistant Music Director
– Josh Robinson
Assistant Scenic Designer
– Ryan Bennett

** The Lighting Designer Is Represented By United Scenic Artist, Local USA-829
*** The The Choreographer Is A Member Of The Stage Directors And Choreographers Society

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