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#OperaGram Instameet: Photos from behind the scenes on Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Instagrammers joined The Royal Opera to capture preparations for the return of John Schlesinger's sumptuous production.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

8 November 2016 at 12.00pm | 2 Comments

During a recent performance of Jacques Offenbach's Les Contes d’Hoffman, we invited group of Instagrammers to take part in #OperaGram, The Royal Opera's first InstaMeet.

InstaMeets are events where people gather to take photographs of a particular place, event or activity and upload them to their Instagram account. Previous Instameets at the Royal Opera House include glimpses into rehearsals for Woolf Works and a look at Ballet Beauty.

For our Hoffmann #OperaGram, three photographers spent time with the Royal Opera Chorus and American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey during preparations for the production.

Les Contes d’Hoffman showcases some of the most sumptuous sets and costumes in the repertory. First staged in 1980, award-winning director John Schlesinger's production sees the opera set in the composer's own time.

To view the whole event, search #OperaGram on Instagram. Here's a taster of the beautiful images captured:

@ginirhee

Gini Rhee is a freelance graphic designer based in London. When she’s not designing, she photographs the people and places that make the capital such a unique place to live.

A reflective rest before the show starts. @royaloperahouse #operagram #ROHhoffmann

A photo posted by Gini Rhee (@ginirhee) on

@cherkis

Ali Kate Cherkis is a photographer from New York, who moved to London this year to study at Goldsmiths. Cherkis has had her work published in i-D Magazine, NYTimes.com, Mother London and the photography magazine Trip, to name but a few.

Kate Lindsey before act III of Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Royal Opera House. #operagram

A photo posted by Ali Kate Cherkis (@cherkis) on

A photo posted by Ali Kate Cherkis (@cherkis) on

@tilly2Milly

Teacher Tilly2Milly started her Instagram account after being inspired by her creative pupils. Since then she has taken her Tilly2Milly doll around the world, photographing it against beautiful backdrops including Blenheim Palace and Havana, Cuba.

The official instagram account for The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, our feed takes you behind-the-scenes for a closer look at life at Covent Garden.

Don’t Hassle the Hoff To celebrate the return of Offenbach's Les Contes d’Hoffmann, we gave a group of Instagrammers and photographers a glimpse of life backstage as part of #OperaGram, our first Royal Opera Instameet. Follow the hashtag for more photos. @tilly2Milly, @cherkis and @ginirhee (who took this shot) all spent time with the Royal Opera Chorus and saw them transform themselves into the various characters that make up each scene. They also followed American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey (@kate_mezzo), who performs the role of Nicklausse. They joined her for her vocal warm-up and watched her prepare for the performance in the wings. The production showcases some of the most sumptuous sets and costumes in the repertory. It will be live in cinemas around the world on 15 November. Head to www.roh.org.uk/cinemas to find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list. A photo posted by Royal Opera House (@royaloperahouse) on

Les Contes d’Hoffmann runs until 3 December 2016. Tickets are still available.

The production will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 15 November 2016. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet and Mr and Mrs Christopher W.T. Johnston.