Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann

May 17 and 18, 2019 at 7:30PM and May 19, 2019 at 2:30PM
Arthur Miller Theatre (1226 Murfin Ave., Ann Arbor)
Performed in a new English adaptation by Daniel J. Brylow


Blind dates can be the worst, especially when with a mechanical doll, a ghostly apparition, or a shadow-stealing courtesan.

AOT is pleased to present a reimagined production of The Tales of Hoffmann from Skylight Music Theatre and Milwaukee Opera Theatre, which BroadwayWorld hailed as “ethereal and uplifting,” with a dreamlike setting that “highlights the fantasy in this ‘opera fantastique.’” It tells of poet E.T.A. Hoffmann’s unending search for true love, doing so with a great deal of humor, a dose of magic, and some of Jacque Offenbach’s most memorable melodies, including the “Doll Song” and the Venetian Barcarolle.

Performed in the intimate setting of the Arthur Miller Theatre on the University of Michigan’s North Campus, this enthralling adaptation by director Daniel J. Brylow is sung in English, with a reduced cast, musical ensemble, and playing time from the original—still a complete work of musical art, however, that instead of smaller feels “essential and more concentrated.” The ensemble of singers now numbers only 13, and as there are more parts than people, the villain is played by the previous lover in each subsequent tale—a topsy-turvy yank toward the present day for these old fables. Though Hoffmann’s pursuit of love is foiled by sinister figures at every turn, he is rewarded in the end by the never-ending admiration of his Muse and a newfound love for his art.



Music-theater artist Daniel J. Brylow has contributed to the burgeoning field of contemporary opera and new music-theater as a stage director, performer, translator, and arts administrator.  He has participated in the premiere of several new operas, including Judgment of Midas (Ince), Kocho (Ficher), Río de Sangre (Davis),
Border Towns (Brooke), and Time and Motion Study (Brooke).  As a translator, his English-language adaptations of Don Giovanni (co-written with singer Tim Rebers), Der Ring des Nibelungen, Die Zauberflöte, and Les contes d'Hoffmann have been performed by such companies as Skylight Music Theatre and Milwaukee Opera Theatre, where he is on the administrative staff.

In the 2018-19 Season, Danny will serve as Production Dramaturg on a fully-staged, collaborative production of Carmina Burana, as well as directing his adaptation of The Tales of Hoffmann at Arbor Opera Theater.  Danny is a graduate of Bennington College with a degree in Music and Drama, and the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute with an emphasis on Stage Direction.



Tenor Robert Stahley, known for his performances that “stole the show” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), is making waves throughout the operatic industry.  Upcoming engagements include the title role in Candide, the tenor soloist in Schubert’s Mass in A-flat, and a debut with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra as Pang in Turandot.  He recently appeared with Opera Theater of Saint Louis as multiple roles in The Grapes of Wrath while study-covering Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly.  He has also been a studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera where he covered the role of Rodolfo (La Bohème) and Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia). Other significant roles include Idomeneo (Idomeneo), The Schoolmaster (The Cunning Little Vixen), Charlie (Mahagonny-Songspiel), The Lamplighter and Drunk (The Little Prince), Sam Kaplan (Street Scene), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), and Hubert Humphrey (Dark River).

Mr. Stahley is currently completing his Artist Diploma at The University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.  He holds a M.M. from CCM and  B.M. from UMass Amherst.  He has bowed with opera companies such as Opera Theater of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Opera, and Cincinnati Opera.

More casting information coming in November 2018.