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VenueGrand Theatre and Opera House
Other spaces: Howard Assembly Room
CountyWest Yorkshire
From16th February 2019
To2nd March 2019
WhenFeb19 16,23,28, Mar19 2 at 19:30
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Opera Double Bill


Archive :: production:T01623625243, opera or operetta:S718711796, venue:V975

Gianni Schicchi/The Rite of Spring

Sung in Italian with English titles. Inspired by an episode in Dante's Inferno, Puccini's short opera Gianni Schicchi is an irresistible satyr play, set around the death-bed of a rich man. The scheming relatives who vie for a chunk of the dead man's fortune are all too recognisable, revealing the greed and avarice which lie just below the thin veneer of their family loyalties. With its vivid characterisation and the spontaneity of its musical invention, Gianni Schicchi is a comic masterpiece in miniature which also contains one of Puccini's best known arias, 'O mio babbino caro'. Christopher Alden's witty and imaginative contemporary staging, first seen in 2015, is revived in a double-bill with Stravinsky's avant-garde ballet The Rite of Spring, co-produced with Phoenix Dance Theatre. Written just five years apart, premiering either side of the First World War, both works are modernist and experimental in tone, offering very different reflections on the decline of an old order, and the beginning of the new. Scottish conductor Garry Walker conducts both pieces, returning to Opera North following Billy Budd (2016).


Company Opera North
Company Phoenix Dance Theatre (The Rite of Spring)
Conductor Garry Walker
Director Christopher Alden
Design Charles Edwards
Costume Doey Luthi
Lighting Adam Silverman
Choreographer Tim Claydon
Performer Richard Burkhard (Gianni Schicchi)
Performer Tereza Gevorgyan (Lauretta)
Performer Diego Silva (Rinuccio)
Performer Victoria Sharp (Nella)
Performer Rebecca de Pont Davies (Zita)
Performer Claire Pascoe (La Ciesca)
Performer Peter Savidge (Marco)
Performer Dean Robinson (Betto di Signa)
Performer Stephen Richardson (Simone)
Performer Tim Claydon (Dante/Buoso Donati)

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