Telling the story of the inmates of a Siberian prison, the opera reflects their feelings of pain, oppression and injustice as each recount why they ended up in jail. Their gloom is eased as they painstakingly nurse an eagle back to health, which comes to symbolize both Russia and the notion of freedom. Sung in English with English titles. Running time: 1hr 50minsPerformers Robert Hayward (Siskov), Roderick Williams (Goryanchikov), Claire Wild (Alyeya), Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (Luka Kuzmic)), Alan Oke (Skuratov), Ronald Samm (The Big Prisoner), James Creswell (The Little Prisoner), Stephen Richardson (Governor)), Peter Bodenham (The Elderly Prisoner), Adrian Dwyer (Cherevin/The Young Prisoner), David Kempster (Chekunov/Don Juan/Brahmine), Mark Le Brocq (Shapkin/Kedril), Robert Winslade Anderson (2nd Guard).
Author Leos Janacek. Book by Dostoyevsky. Company Opera North. Conductor Richard Farnes. Director John Fulljames. Design Dick Bird. Costume Dick Bird. Lighting Bruno Poet. Choreographer Philippe Giraudeau.