Opera North announces Newcastle autumn season

Peter Lathan

Opera North has announced its autumn season at Newcastle Theatre Royal, running from from 8 to 11 November 2017. Entitled The Little Greats, the season features six new productions of short operas, two of which will be performed each evening.

The operas are:

  • Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo (1892)
    Directed by Charles Edwards, a piece which exemplifies the violence and passion of Italian verismo opera.

  • L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) by Maurice Ravel (1925)
    Directed by Annabel Arden. A young boy refuses to do his homework and flies into a tantrum and everything around him comes to life, animals and furniture alike.

  • Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni (1890)
    Directed by Karolina Sofulak. A classic tale of jealousy and revenge.

  • Trial by Jury by W A Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan (1875)
    Directed by John Savournin, Artistic Director of Charles Court Opera. A courtroom farce which is entirely cast from the chorus of Opera North.

  • Osud (Destiny) by Leoš Janáček (1907)
    Directed by Annabal Arden. Rarely performed, this is a tale of the anguish of love.

  • Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein (1952)
    Directed by Matthew Eberhardt. This is Bernstein’s first opera and is heavily influenced by jazz, Hollywood and Broadway.

The Newcastle performances are:

  • Wednesday 8 November: Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana
  • Thursday 9 November: L’enfant et les sortilèges / Osud
  • Friday 10 November: Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury
  • Saturday11 November: L’enfant et les sortilèges (Special schools’ matinée)
  • Saturday 11 November: Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana