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The Tales of Hoffmann - 8 December 1955 Evening 

Opera: Performance details

Company: Covent Garden Opera Company
Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Performance status: Revival
Conductor Edward Downes
Chorus Master Douglas Robinson
Leader Charles Taylor
Cast
PROLOGUE
The Muse Eileen Barry
Luther
an Innkeeper
Rhydderch Davies
Councillor Lindorf Otakar Kraus
Andres
servant of Stella
Raymond Nilsson
Nicklaus
Hoffmann's companion
Barbara Howitt
Hoffmann
a poet
Richard Lewis
Nathaniel
Student
Dermot Troy
Wilhelm
Student
David Kelly
Hermann
Student
Ronald Lewis
ACT I 'OLYMPIA'
Spalanzani
an inventor
Geraint Evans
Hoffmann
a poet
Richard Lewis
Cochenille
Spalanzani's servant
Raymond Nilsson
Nicklaus
Hoffmann's companion
Barbara Howitt
Coppelius
a scientist, rival of Spalanzani
Otakar Kraus
Olympia
a mechanical doll
Edna Graham
ACT II 'ANTONIA'
Antonia
a singer
Elsie Morison
Crespel
her father
Forbes Robinson
Frantz
his servant
Raymond Nilsson
Hoffmann
a poet
Richard Lewis
Nicklaus
his companion
Barbara Howitt
Dr. Miracle
a doctor
Otakar Kraus
The voice of Antonia's mother Constance Shacklock
ACT III 'GIULIETTA'
Hoffmann
a poet
Richard Lewis
Pittichinaccio
an admirer of Giulietta
Raymond Nilsson
Giulietta
a courtesan
Amy Shuard
Nicklaus
Hoffmann's companion
Barbara Howitt
Schlemil
Giulietta's lover
Forbes Robinson
Dapertutto
a sorcerer
Otakar Kraus
EPILOGUE
Hoffmann
a poet
Richard Lewis
Nicklaus
his companion
Barbara Howitt
Nathaniel
Student
Dermot Troy
Wilhelm
Student
David Kelly
Hermann
Student
Ronald Lewis
Luther
an Innkeeper
Rhydderch Davies
The Muse Eileen Barry
Stella
an opera singer
Judy Laraman
The Covent Garden Opera Chorus
The Covent Garden Opera Ballet
The Covent Garden Orchestra
Language: English
Information source: Royal Opera House programme for 8 December 1955 (in Royal Opera House Collections)