Oscar-winning film director John Schlesinger's lavish production of Offenbach's popular opera fantastique. Convinced that his four lovers have been whisked away by a succession of arch villains, drunken, tortured poet Hoffman is compelled to regale his buddies with the story of his romantic misfortunes. Drawn from three compelling stories by E.T.A. Hoffman, Offenbach's imaginative tall tale is filled with clockwork dolls, magical glasses, ghostly voices and sensual courtesans. Something of an audience favourite, the ROH's sumptuous production was created by Academy Award-winning film director John Schlesinger and brings vividly to life a 19th century world of romance, comedy, mystery and menace. Charismatic young tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes the title role while superb baritone Thomas Hampson performs all four villains. The stunning showpiece numbers are also perfect vehicles for the vocal virtuosity of Sofia Fomina as the automaton Olympia, Christine Rice as the courtesan Giulietta and Sonya Yoncheva as the sickly singer Antonia.