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The Royal Opera’s lav­ish pro­duc­tion of Of­fen­bach’s mas­ter­piece, Les Con­tes d’Hoff­mann will be broad­cast live to Eden Cinema screens ex­clu­sively on 15 Novem­ber at 7.15pm. Cre­ated by Academy Award-win­ning film di­rec­tor John Sch­lesinger, this pro­duc­tion brings alive a 19th cen­tury world of ro­mance, com­edy, mys­tery and men­ace.

Charis­matic Vit­to­rio Grigolo in the ti­tle role leads an ex­cel­lent cast in­clud­ing Thomas Hamp­son, Sonya Yoncheva, Chris­tine Rice and Sofia Fom­ina in this fan­tas­ti­cal op­er­atic drama. At the cen­tre of these ex­tra­or­di­nary tales of clock­work dolls, mag­i­cal glasses, ghostly voice and sen­sual cour­te­sans is the vivid imag­i­na­tion of the drunken Ro­man­tic poet Hoff­mann. The opera fol­lows Hoff­mann tell the story of his lovers who, he be­lieves, have all been stolen by a suc­ces­sion of arch vil­lains played by the su­perb 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, Rice as the cour­te­san Gi­uli­etta, and Yoncheva as An­to­nia.

This op­er­atic mas­ter­piece is avail­able to watch at a frac­tion of the over­seas prices. Be part of the global au­di­ence by view­ing the Royal Opera live broad­cast for one night only. Tick­ets for the live broad­cast are avail­able at €18 for adults and €10 for chil­dren and un­der 16. This in­cludes a com­pli­men­tary glass of wine and com­pli­men­tary park­ing at the Eden Leisure Car park.

If you’re un­able to at­tend the live show, an en­core screen­ing will be held on Sun­day 20 Novem­ber at 3pm. Tick­ets for this are priced at €15 for adults and €10 for chil­dren, in­clud­ing free park­ing.

This opera is sung in French with English sub­ti­tles.

Tick­ets may be pur­chased from the Eden Cinema box of­fice or on­line at www.edencin­e­

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