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Coraline is the latest opera from Mark-Anthony Turnage. Turnage is one of today's leading composers and a highly successful opera writer, acclaimed internationally for works including Greek, The Silver Tassie and Anna Nicole, his first Covent Garden commission. For Coraline, his second work for The Royal Opera, he adapts a much-loved story by Neil Gaiman - a British writer who has transformed the landscape of fantasy literature with his highly imaginative, atmospheric and otherworldly narratives. Coraline is classic Gaiman: it is packed with astonishing imagery, all wrapped up in an engrossing yarn. After its publication in 2002 Coraline swept up numerous awards, including Nebula and Hugo awards for Best Novella. In 2009 it was adapted into a stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick - which also received widespread acclaim.
Based on Pushkin's masterpiece of Russian literature, Tchaikovsky's great opera tells of the fated love between the innocent Tatyana and the world-weary cynic Eugene Onegin. The opera includes the famous 'letter scene', a tour-de-force of the soprano repertoire, in which Tatyana dramatically and magnificently declares her true love for Onegin, a love that is tragically rejected. The ensuing maelstrom of emotions ends in duel between Onegin and his best friend, the poet, Lensky, which leaves Lensky dead and Onegin devastated. Years later, at the St Petersburg Ball, Onegin meets Tatyana again and realises his mistake, but now the married Tatyana is unable to accept his love.
La tragédie de Carmen is opera at its most powerful, a raw and visceral adaptation of Bizet’s most popular work. Peter Brook and his collaborators have crafted a concentrated night of theatre that focuses on the fatal relationships between the gypsy, soldier, village girl and bullfighter. The score retains all of the most famous musical moments of the original; Carmen’s Habanera and Seguidilla, Don Jose’s Flower Song, and Escamillo’s swaggering Toreador Song. Directed by Andrew Steggall, conducted by Gareth Hancock, and featuring Leah Marian Jones sings the title role, with Sinead Campbell as Micaëla, David Curry as Don Jose, and Nicholas Garrett as Escamillo
Sung in French with English surtitles
Big Terry Swan wakes up on his 60th birthday feeling sad and alone, stuck in a Poplar tower block. As an old skinhead with traditional values, he struggles to understand how and why the society he once knew so well and felt so connected to, has changed beyond all recognition in his lifetime. His wife and kids have long gone, and the mates he grew up with, have all moved out to Essex. He knows he has been left behind, but he needs to salvage just a morsel of self-worth on a day he thought he would never reach. So, he goes for a walk round his old East End, to reflect on his life and try to work out where he goes from here. Oxblood Red; A Skinhead Saga is the story of Big Terry's birthday journey, told in poetic narration, interspersed with original songs.
Contains strong language throughout.
A cautionary tale for us all, The Rake's Progress follows the fortunes of work-shy Tom. Under the influence of the dastardly Nick Shadow, he sets off on a journey of hedonistic self-indulgence that can only lead to ruin! Inspired by the famous etchings by Hogarth.
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!