The Tales of Hoffman won’t be your average night at the Opera

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tales of hoffman“Not your average night at the Opera.” That is the promise made by the members of the CSULB Opera Institute to their audiences for The Tales of Hoffmann, one of the best and most popular operas composed by Jacques Offenbach.

The Tales of Hoffmann performs April 16-18 in the Link Theatre on the Cal State Long Beach campus. The production is directed by Stephanie Vlahos, with David Anglin, the director of the Cole Conservatory Opera Institute, serving as conductor.

Based on short stories of ETA Hoffmann, Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, written in 1881, explores the blurring of the conscious and subconscious mind through the author’s twisted memories of three women. The action travels from Nuremburg to Munich and Venice. Throughout the musical journey the audience is treated to a decidedly contemporary and current take on the beautiful melodies and arrangements that reference grand opera, musical theatre and even high farce.

This tour de force includes Offenbach’s famous Barcarolle, Doll Song and Septet. As Offenbach pinballs Hoffmann from tale to tale, woman to woman, the music and production wonder “Does evil really lurk around each corner or does Hoffmann suffer from paranoia?” “Are these women real or do they live only within the excesses of his imagination?” “What is the line between inspiration and obsession?” With inspiration from diverse geniuses such as Alfred Hitchcock and Salvador Dali, this production offers Stephanie Vlahos’ new and unique interpretation of this dark and darkly comic musical masterpiece.

The Tales of Hoffmann performs Friday, April 16 at 8pm, Saturday, April 17 at 2&8pm, and Sunday, April 18 at 2pm. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $15 for students with valid ID. Special VIP seating and an invitation to the exclusive performers’ reception following the performance are available for the Saturday 8pm performance. VIP tickets are $50.

The University/Link Theatre is located on the southeast corner of the CSULB Campus, just East of the Theatre Arts Department. Parking is available in lot 7 for a charge of $5 per vehicle.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call (562) 985-7000 or visit

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