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Gabriel von Eisenstein is facing five days in prison, allowing his wife, Rosalinda, some illicit time alone with her lover, Alfred. Eisenstein's maid, Adele, is also looking forward to spending the evening at a fancy dress ball given by the eccentric Prince Orlovsky. When the Prison Governor arrives to take Eistenstein to prison, he is instead introduced to Alfred (who is 'entertaining' Rosalinda) and arrests the lover believing him to be Rosalinda's husband. Meanwhile, at the ball, the plot thickens...
Sung in English with English surtitles.
Childhood best friends Sadie and Jason are drifting apart as they edge towards their late twenties, but sudden events bring them back in touch. Will their friendship suffer a final, fatal rupture, or will it endure stronger than ever? Drifting Dragons is a new opera about everyday life performed in everyday locations. Inspired by true stories from real Londoners, it puts modern friendship under the microscope, examining the pressures that push some relationships to breaking point, and the joys that sustain others despite the odds.
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In a bloody civil war, a rebel girl fighting for the revolutionary army captures an Army Officer. Their opposing views have left millions dead. Now, left alone on an island, they must decide whether to continue the battle for their political ideals, or yield to their brewing sexual desires. Terterian, highly respected in his adopted Germany, unashamedly immersed his work in Western, progressive concepts whilst retaining his distinctive, Armenian voice. In this intense psychological opera he lays bare the volatility of human beings in love and war.
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Based on historical accounts of the Warring States period of ancient China, The General and the Prime Minister is filled with drama and entertainment. Set against an emotive backdrop of trickery, power struggles and personal determination, the influence of this story continues to be felt in China today. The legend of the White Snake is a famous piece of Chinese folklore. The story's characters are household names in the country, with Lady White as a symbol of rebellion, bravery and a quest for true love.
One of China's most respected and innovative cultural exports, The China National Peking Opera Company has staged more than 500 masterful historical dramas since its formation five decades ago. The company returns to London following an acclaimed season at Sadler's Wells in November 2014.
Puccini's most enduring opera. The story of the love of the poor poet Rodolfo for the consumptive seamstress Mimi. Set in the Latin Quarter of Paris the course of their love is constantly threatened by Rodolfo's jealousy and Mimi's illness. The painter Marcello and the provocative Musetta are the other main characters. This is where 'your tiny hand is frozen' comes from and the last few bars, as Rodolfo realises Mimi is dead, are some of opera's most moving moments.
Renowned for his inventive, contemporary reinterpretations of classic theatre and opera Adam Spreadbury-Maher, who is directing this time around, will focus upon the quintessential quartet - Mimi, Musetta, Rodolfo (Ralph) and Marcello (Mark) - and it will be lifted from when Puccini set his opera in the early 19th century to present day East London. The production will lay bare the dangerous and damaging effects of co-dependent relationships against a backdrop of spiralling rents and social media.
The story of Cinderella. Angelina (nicknamed Cinderella) lives wither her sisters Clorinda and Tisbe and their father Don Magnifico - all in poverty. Then the messengers arrive with news of a ball.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
The director, conductor, continuo player and cast are all members of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. The story depicts Orestes, son of the doomed Greek king Agamemnon and his treacherous wife Clytemnestra, discovering and recognizing his sister Iphigenia in a moment of high drama many years after the terrible events that have split the family apart.
Based on Pushkin's story of the same name a young man falls in love with a girl he discovers to be the grand daughter of a Countess. To be taken seriously he'll need to be seriously rich, so he decides on a gambling route. Now, the person who knows the secret of the three-card game is the Countess herself but in forcing the secret from her she dies - a twist that sets the plot, and the young man's life, on a new course.
Sung in Russian with English surtitles
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.
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A Willesden Liederkreis (?A Willesden Song-Cycle') is a funny, provocative and touching new work from acclaimed countertenor Magid El-Bushra, based on Schumann's famous opus 39 song cycle. Bringing his "vocal beauty and fine presence" (Opera Magazine) to an eclectic range of music - from Handel and Schumann to Weill and Sondheim, Bjork and Nina Simone - he tells the story of a lonely Muslim boy, trapped in 1980s suburbia, who dares to imagine a different world.
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