Belle Epoque Gran Ball Tales of Hoffmann: The Doll Olympia

11 February 2013 21:00to12 February 2013 02:00

Belle Epoque Gran Ball

Tales of Hoffmann: The Doll Olympia

 Homage to Jacques Offenbach

Monday the 11th of February 2013


Gala Dinner & Entertainment.


The Ball will be located on the first floor (the pianonobile) in an authentic 14th century Palace: Pesaro Papafava, With its precious gothic facade and its elegant quadriform gothic windows overlooking the canal of the Misericordia. The palace will be illuminated entirely with candlelights to create a memorable atmosphere.


Jacques Offenbach takes the real life German poet, E.T.A. Hoffmann, and makes him a character in some of his own, fanciful stories. Offenbach’s drama placing the title character into three, fanciful stories of failed love. The result is one of the grandest and most expressive of all 19th-century French operas.

Hoffmann’s first love is Olympia, an automaton created by the scientist Spalanzani. Hoffmann falls in love with her, not knowing that Olympia is a mechanical doll. The story is seen as a dream suffered: the protagonist’s impossible love for a woman who turns out to be a doll.



21.15: Elegant cocktail with live music.

21.45: Seated illuminated candle lights Gala Dinner, wines included.

23.00: Performance of the most beautiful arias from the opera “The Tales of Hoffmann”.

Midnight: Live music and dances.


Dress Code: costume and mask.

Cost: 290 € per person.


Do not hesitate to consult us for the rent of costumes

Our Atelier will be under your disposal for any assistance such as costumes, masks and accessories.


The Palace is reachable by 5 minutes walk from Ca D’Oro vaporetto stop: Calle Racchetta, Cannaregio 3764. Reachable also by  its water door (in front of the Church of the Misericordia).


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