Jacques Offenbach's opera is performed by the Lyon Opera. The poet Hoffmann, now pursuing the prima donna Stella, begins an evening's drinking with the tale of his three lost loves. The first was a mechanical doll, Olympia, who was smashed to pieces. The second, Antonia was the daughter of Crespel, and suffered from an ailment related to singing - when the evil Dr Miracle accompanied her on the violin she died. The final lost love, Giulietta, was a courtesan who captured Hoffmann's soul in the form of his reflection.