Although posthumous, 'The Tales of Hoffmann' is considered as the masterpiece of Jacques Offenbach s work and mixes love, pain and whim. The intrigue settles around three stories about a broken love. Told by Hoffmann, narrator and hero, these tales paint a portrait of three feminine figures: Olympia the automaton, Antonia the dying opera singer and Giulietta the courtesan. This triptych allows the development of very different universes, and colour. It s also a declension of the image of woman and of evil. Christoph Marthaler signed this creation for the Teatro Real. This was Gerard Mortier s last commission for this stage: the Swiss director has proven his ease in many different registers. An essential capacity needed for a work as rich and subtle as 'The Tales of Hoffmann'.