Tales of Hoffmann

Date 29th April 2022
Society Kentish Opera
Venue Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks
Type of Production Opera
Director Stephen Anthony Brown
Musical Director Robyn Sevastos
Written By Offenbach


Author: Gordon Harris

From the beginning of Tales of Hoffmann one knows one is in for a joyous evening. Those tabs open and the glorious costumes appear. Carol Stevenson is such a talent, and along with Susie Caulcutt for set design, need I go any further?  I can never fault Kentish Opera in their staging, in costumes, set and props, they are always foremost in all their Operas. With Stephen Anthony Brown as Director,and Robyn Sevastos, Conductor, at the helm how could we not have a good evening at the opera and we did.

Offenbach’s opera in three acts is an easy opera to follow, sung in English makes it easier to follow and the clarity and projection of the singers was superb. Stephen directed his large cast with professionalism. All his lead characters gave super characterisations, such a joy to watch. Praise must go out to all in this Hoffmann for giving their audience such a polished performance.Thank you for inviting my guest and I to a Night at the Opera. Looking forward to the next one.