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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. Opera in 3 Acts plus Epilogue. UK Premiere. Sung in English with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno). UK Premiere production.Performers Lester Lynch (Shylock until 1 November), Quentin Hayes (Shylock from 8 November), Martin Wolfel (Antonio), Bruce Sledge (Lorenzo), Miklos Sebestyen (The Duke of Venice), Mark Le Brocq (Bassanio), Gary Griffiths (Solanio), David Stout (Gratiano), Lauren Michelle (Jessica), Sarah Castle (Portia), Verena Gunz (Nerissa).
Music Andre Tchaikowsky. Lyrics John O'Brien. Company Welsh National Opera. Producer Bregenzer Festspiele Austria. Producer Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Producer Teatr Wielki Warsaw. Conductor Lionel Friend. Director Keith Warner. Design Ashley Martin-Davis. Lighting Davy Cunningham. Choreographer Michael Barry. Director Amy Lane (associate director).
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