© Julian Hargreaves
C'est une chanson d'amour qui s'envole triste ou folle
Qui s'envole triste ou folle tour à tour!


I'm back at Teatro alla Scala for my debut as Antonia in a new production of Offenbach's masterpiece, on stage from 15th to 31st March. The performance on 24th March will be broadcast live on LaScalaTv. I'm delighted to have this opportunity to sing for an international audience.

Amongst operas, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, is one of the most greatly beleaguered and heavily subjected to editing, but also one of the most beautiful and enigmatic. This interpretation by conductor Frédéric Chaslin is a new alternative version to the 2009 critical edition. The staging, by Davide Livermore (as always, working in conjunction with Giò Forma, Gianluca Falaschi and Antonio Castro, this time with the additional support of Controluce Teatro) – brings to the fore the opera's magical atmosphere, exploiting a play of masks and shadows to highlight the disquietude of the main characters, and revealing Hoffmann's inability to love.
Buratto-Grigolo in Les Contes D'Hoffman at La Scala ph Brescia e Amisano
Singing as Antonia is a challenge for me. I find it agonising to interpret a singer who can no longer express herself by singing. But the absolute beauty of the music justifies this devastating descent into the most intimate meanders of our feelings and our fears.

I am part of an exceptional cast which includes Vittorio Grigolo as Hoffmann, Luca Pisaroni who interprets the four villains, Federica Guida as Olympia, Francesca Di Sauro as Giulietta, and Marina Viotti en travesti as Nicklausse.
signature Buratto

Official portrait © Julian Hargreaves | Stage photo © Brescia e Amisano / La Scala

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