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A jazz-infused chamber opera that tells the story of the great bebop pioneer. In that empty twilight between life and death, tortured jazz soloist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons, and women who fuelled his creative genius. Set in the famed NYC jazz club Birdland, the opera is as uncompromising in its artistic vision as the "Yardbird" himself.
The story of the poet-cobbler Sachs and Eva who is pledged to marry the winner of the prize-song contest.
Based on a Schiller play, Don Carlos brings history to life with huge dramatic force. Verdi's largest most ambitious opera deals with the clash of personal and political motives at the court of Philip II of Spain, against a background of bitter religious and national conflicts.
Written shortly after The Marriage of Figaro. Based on the famous legend of Don Juan the master seducer from whom no woman can be considered safe. Don Giovanni pursues, seduces, rapes and murders and in the climax is pulled to hell by a stone statue of one of his victims come to life - he remains unrepentant. His servant Leporello witnesses all his masters wrongs. There is also a rarely performed opera of the same name (and story) by Giuseppe Gazzaniga which was first performed in 1786, eight months before Mozart's version.
Performed in Italian with English surtitles and a small orchestra.
Thomas Ades conducts a huge ensemble cast of world-class singers in the UK premiere of his latest opera, inspired by Luis Bunuel's iconic film.
The opera is a "macabre tale with an unexpectedly happy ending". It is based on what has been described as "the grimmest of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales" - a story of how a young boy is killed by his wicked step-mother and fed to his unwitting father in a stew but later comes back to life.
These performances represent the UK premiere of the opera and coincide with Glass's 80th birthday year. It's one of his few operas in the English language with a magical libretto based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale by Arthur Yorinks, author of 35 award-winning children's books. The cast will comprise young professional singers, talented children and local community singers. The opera will be a showcase for Mariya Krywaniuk, James Corrigan and Rebecca Moon. Also singing is ten-year old Lia Tynan, who's already made her Royal Opera House debut and Angus Whitworth, head chorister at the Chapel Royal.
Part of the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames' Music and Drama Festival.
Set amongst the olive groves of southern Italy, this witty and moving opera tells the story of a love rivalry between Nemorino, a pauper with a passionate heart, and Sergeant Belcore, who is a charming womaniser with a fantastically inflated ego. They vie for the heart of the beautiful, self-assured Adina, who is looking for a grand passion, reflected in her fascination with the story of Tristan and Isolde.
Amongst the most popular of Verdi's operas, La traviata is the work of a master of the musical drama. Its perfumed arias and soaring choruses vividly depict the ravishingly decadent but glamorous world of Parisian high society as the background to a heart rending story of romantic happiness destroyed. Original book called La Dame aux Camelias.
BP Big Screen Jul17 4
The story centres around a king, compelled to choose between love and political hard-headedness. His decisions allow his country to slide into civil war, and set his own wife and son against him. When his son in turn is given bruising lessons in realpolitik, he performs - albeit with the object of restoring peace - a terrifying act of violence in front of his mother.
An American naval officer (Pinkerton) 'acquires' a 15 year old Geisha wife during a stay in Japan - but has no intention of staying with her. After a while he returns to the USA and marries his fiancee. Meanwhile, Butterfly waits for him for three years, cut off from her family, religion and culture by being an American wife. And she is now a mother. When he finally returns she is overjoyed, but he brings with him his new wife. Story originally published in a magazine.
Live cinema relay: Mar17 30
Bizarre and spellbinding. The Magic Flute features two love stories, a serpent, a Queen, a High Priest and a comedian, whose intrigues unfold to the beauty of Mozart's most popular opera score and Schikaneder's witty dialogue
Shylock is a proud and defiant man. But when he demands a severe debt to be repaid he becomes a victim of his own intransigence and most seriously, the prejudice of others. Andr? Tchaikowsky was best known as a concert pianist but being a composer meant more to him. The Merchant of Venice is a potent attack on prejudice and feels like a deeply personal response to his experiences as a child in the Warsaw Ghetto.
UK Premiere. Sung in English with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)
Dramma per musica in three acts (1770). Mitridate's two sons are ideologically and emotionally opposed. Aspasia, is the intended bride of the king and the love of both his sons, although she returns only the affections of Sifare. The foreign princess Ismene who, after being spurned by Farnace, marries him in the opera's final reconciliation as the king faces death.
The Othello story, how jealousy can undermine even the deepest love. Cyprus, at the end of the 15th century, is an outpost of the Venetian Empire, at war with the Turks. The Governor is the Moor Otello, who has just married Desdemona, the young daughter of a noble Venetian family.
Live cinema relay: Jun17 28
Wagnerian opera set amongst myths and legends. The tale of Parsifal is one of a young and pure man chosen to save the injured King and Kingdom of the Grail. On his path however, Parsifal must overcome the revengeful knight, Klingsor.
A mythical love story told through music & dance. After a terrible mistake leaves the ancient sage Chyavana blinded, the beautiful princess Sukanya finds herself marrying for the sake of her kingdom. As a pair of swaggering, meddling gods watch this unlikely union blossom, will love grow in the strangest of circumstances?
Royal Festival Hall
Light comic (short) opera. Ben wants to propose to Lucy, but first he has o prise her away from the phone for long enough!
Double bill with Unknowing
It is the eve of the Battle of Marengo. Napoleon's army has caused chaos and disarray throughout all Italy. Against this background of political turmoil stands Floria Tosca, Rome's famous and most beautiful opera singer. To save her lover, Cavaradossi, she must sacrifice her virtue to the evil Baron Scarpia. Can the power of love and honour ever prevail against the forces of corruption and betrayal? Tosca is a moving and passionate exploration of personal freedom, the cost of ideals and the choices forced on us by love.
Paris. August, 1944. As the Second World War rages on, lovers Tosca and Cavaradossi give refuge to a political prisoner and find themselves ensnared in the machinations of the tyrannical head of the Paris Gestapo, Scarpia. As Charles De Gaulle's liberation movement advances and US troops tighten their net around the Nazi occupiers, everything Tosca holds dear is about to be torn apart. The King's Head Theatre's brand new production of Puccini's searing thriller of power and passion relocates the action to the heart of the twentieth century's defining conflict. With rousing melodies, an intimate setting and a brand new libretto by Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Becca Marriott, this is Tosca as you've never seen it before!
Princess Turandot has sworn that no man shall marry her unless he can correctly answer three riddles. Prince Calaf, captivated by Turandot's beauty, takes up the challenge, determined to win her heart or die in the attempt. Puccini's last opera, includes Nessun Dorma.
Sixteen year old Ulla is attempting to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly in her trusty sailing boat 'The Homer', with only her cat Binnacle to keep her company as she navigates the high seas. All is not plain sailing, as our heroine encounters mythical creatures and obstacles on her journey, including Cy-ops, a one-eyed, over-keen robotic customs official who mistakes her cat for smuggled contraband, and Sylla, a dangerous sea creature whose body and mind have been horribly twisted by radioactive rubbish dumped into the ocean. Meanwhile the voices of the Sirens, Ulla's friends and family, call out to her from across the waves, tempting her to give up her lonely voyage and come home.
The show is inspired by Homer's Odyssey, includes live music and puppetry and is suitable for children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.
Can we ever really know the person we think we love? Unknowing plots the turbulent, intense and violent relationship between two lovers. Based on Schumann's Dichterliebe and Fraulieben und Leben, the piece is a poetic meditation on love's creative and destructive power.
Double bill with The Telephone
Hidden beneath the hustle and bustle of Waterloo, join the Vixen as she fights to survive the highs and lows of urban life. Combining electronics with live musical performance, immerse yourself in the vivid imagination of one of Opera's most beloved composers as the creatures of the forest come to life and turn convention on its head.
With the support of the world-renowned ENO, Silent Opera present Leos Janacek's unforgettable tale of love, life and loss - performed in English. Put your headphones on, follow the girl and experience this innovative and original take on an epic Opera.
In the empty twilight between life and death, saxophonist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons and women who fuelled his creative genius. Set in the famed NYC jazz club Birdland, the opera is as uncompromising in its artistic vision as the "Yardbird" himself.
Sung in English with surtitles projected above the stage.