Tales of Hoffmann

August 21-September 26, 2010
Saturday and Sundays, all shows at 4 p.m.

There’s a delicious opera growing in the garden!

Special Preview & Discussion: Sept. 1

Mixed Precipitation presents Jacques Offenbach’s masterpiece Tales of Hoffmann, an operetta touring to twelve community garden spaces during the 2010 harvest season.  Our irreverent treatment of this opera is perfect for opera lovers, gardeners, kids, and foodies, as artfully created locally sourced food samplings are prepared fresh and served to translate events of the story.  The unique community event is becoming a neighborhood tradition.

The 1851 opera is based on the macabre stories of German writer ETA Hoffman, whose material inspired Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.  In our version, Hoffmann is a globetrotting poet following his romantic whims across Europe and encountering fantastical adventures with robots, evil magicians and ghosts.  Offenbach’s score contains many classic melodies of light opera, including the famous gondola melody, The Barcarolle.  You can also expect some other musical surprises from the popular songbook.  Our story is told in French, Spanish, English and the universal language of food!

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4th, 2008.