In a tavern, the poet Hoffmann tells of his three former lovers. First, he lusts after a mechanical doll, Olympia. Next, he falls madly in love with an ill singer, Antonia. Finally, Hoffmann falls in love with Giulietta, and she proceeds to steal his reflection for the sorcerer Dapertuto. At the end of the opera, Hoffmann is so drunk that he fails to see the woman who truly loves him, Stella.
Includes adult, mature adult, late teen, young adult, elderly characters