Time flies by, and carries away our tender caresses for ever! Time flies far from this happy oasis and does not return. Burning zephyrs, Your kisses! Your kisses! Lovely night, oh night of love, smile upon our joys!
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Time flies by, and carries away our tender caresses for ever! Time flies far from this happy oasis and does not return. Burning zephyrs, Your kisses! Your kisses! Lovely night, oh night of love, smile upon our joys! Night much sweeter than the day, oh beautiful night of love! Smile upon our joys! Night of love, oh night of love! Ernest Guiraud completed the scoring and wrote the recitatives for the premiere. Moritz Moszkowski also wrote a virtuoso transcription of it.
Blues The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier , based on short stories by E. Hoffmann , who is the main protagonist in the opera as he is in the stories. Lindorf intends to replace Hoffmann at the rendezvous. In the tavern students are waiting for Hoffmann. Hoffmann falls in love with her, not knowing that Olympia is a mechanical doll Allons!
Courage et confiance While dancing with Olympia, Hoffmann falls on the ground and his glasses break. With the crowd laughing at him, Hoffmann realizes that he was in love with an automaton.
Act 2 Venice. The jealous Schlemil cf. Nicklausse wants to take Hoffmann away from Venice and goes looking for horses. Meanwhile, Hoffmann meets Giulietta and cannot resist her O Dieu!
Hoffmann tells Dapertutto that his friend Nicklausse will come and save him. Dapertutto prepares a poison to get rid of Nicklausse, but Giulietta drinks it by mistake and drops dead in the arms of the poet. Act 3 After a long search, Hoffmann finds the house where Crespel and his daughter Antonia are hiding. Hoffmann and Antonia loved each other, but were separated when Crespel decided to hide his daughter from Hoffmann.
Antonia wishes that her lover would return to her Elle a fui, la tourterelle. Her father also forbids her to see Hoffmann, who is encouraging Antonia in her musical career, and is therefore a danger to her without knowing it. Crespel tells Frantz, his servant, to stay with his daughter and when he leaves, Frantz sings "Jour et nuit je me mets en quatre".
Still in the house, Hoffmann listens to the conversation and learns that Antonia may die if she sings too much. He returns to her room to make her promise to give up her artistic dreams.
Epilogue The tavern in Nuremberg. Hoffmann, drunk, swears he will never love again, and explains that Olympia, Antonia, and Giulietta are three facets of a same person, Stella.
I love you, Hoffmann! Be mine! The poet tells her to leave "Farewell, I will not follow you, phantom, spectre of the past" , and Lindorf, who was waiting in the shadows, comes forth. Nicklausse explains to Stella that Hoffmann does not love her any more, but that Councillor Lindorf is waiting for her.
Some students enter the room for more drinking, while Stella and Lindorf leave together.
Barcarolle (English translation)
The opera premiered in Paris on February 10, It was the last and easily the most serious of the many Offenbach operas. Its premiere came posthumously. Background and context Like the play, the opera is based on three of the psychologically complicated and fantastic stories of the German Romantic author and composer E. When he died in , he had not yet finished its last acts. Further revisions followed. Offenbach, JacquesJacques Offenbach.
Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour
Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour
Jacques Offenbach - Barcarolle