The Royal Opera’s lavish 1980 production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann will be broadcast via satellite to Ventnor Arts Club on Sunday 20th November at 14:00.

The opera is based on the fantastical tales of the German Romantic writer and composer E.T.A Hoffmann and was originally directed by the late film director John Schlesinger (Academy Award winner of Best Director for Midnight Cowboy in 1969).

Starring the sensational Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the poet E.T.A Hoffmann, the story explores the dishevelled reality of E.T.A Hoffmann’s life and the elegant, successful-in-love poet of his dreams. Doomed to fail in love but succeed in art, the opera is told across three acts with three different love stories; the black comedy of adoring a mechanical doll, the sensuous menace of a materialistic courtesan to the tragedy of true love.

Article continues below this advertisement

Transporting audiences from the visually alluring world of Paris to the hedonism of Venice, the costumes and ravishing sets make this production a cinematic feast for the eyes.

Tickets are available online at, by phoning 01983 857060 or on the day.

Comment on this story

News, Traffic & Travel Tweets