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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.
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.
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
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
A bold, new take on Mozart's classic. With magic supplied by Glyn Maxwell's (The Firework-Maker's Daughter, Royal Opera House) mischievous poetry, Alex Beetschen's (Marriage of Figaro, OperaUpClose) lively orchestration and Valentina Ceschi's (Elixir of Love and Dido & Aeneas, OperaUpClose) theatrical creativity, this production will re-invent The Magic Flute in fabulous new robes for the era of Trump and recessions, casting rays of light and love into the darkness.
Georgie's got 99 problems but disability is basically the main one. Asking the essential questions: can disability finally bring sexy back? Is the benefit system as doomed as Ken Loach depicts? Are NHS doctors hotter than private ones? In The Morrell High Ground Georgie takes the audience through her journey, tackling the political and social implications of what it really is to be disabled today.
Following the 2016 success of A Poke in The Eye at Edinburgh Festival and Soho theatre, half-blind comedian Georgie Morrell will be revisiting her debut show at the Laughing Horse and presenting her new show at the King's Head Theatre.
Part of Festival 47
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.
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!