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The haunting legend of the Dutchman condemned to sail the seas for eternity unless redeemed by loving self sacrifice.
Concert Staging. New Production.. Sung in German with English titles.
Puccini's only comic opera. The title character is an historical figure mentioned in Dante's The Inferno. Puccini's scheming, comic subverter, Gianni Schicchi, does leave some hope for the future. Whilst his resourcefulness and cunning at times appear to have suspect motivations, Gianni Schicchi assures the happiness of the lovers, his daughter Lauretta, and Rinuccio. Puccini's comic score includes some of his most dexterous and brilliant writing.
New Production. Sung in Italian with English titles
Double bill with La Vida Breve
From the composer of the orchestral showpiece Nights in the Gardens of Spain and the popular ballet The Three-Cornered Hat comes this irresistibly exuberant opera of violently passionate emotions that breathes the heady air of Granada. Written in a burst of inspiration, La Vida Breve is an all or nothing tragedy of a woman - Salud - who loves too much a worthless man who strings her along, knowing all the while that he is to marry another girl. The atmosphere is heavy with Spanish fatalism, heightened by the influence of Andalusian folk song, lightened by Spanish dance rhythms.
Revival Production. Sung in Spanish with English titles.
Double bill with Gianni Schicchi
An energetically enticing tale based on Finnish mythology. Against his mother’s wishes, the determined hero Lemminkäinen travels North to find a bride. Along the way he is met by challenges and quests that will delight and enthral audiences and show that a mother’s love conquers all, even death.
New Production. Sung in English.