Six of the best from Opera North

David Upton

Opera North is returning to The Lowry from November 15 to 17 with a festival of short operas.

These six new productions are presented in innovative pairings, each a powerful operatic experience in miniature. Love and hate, joy and sadness, courage and fear, trust and jealousy, kindness and cruelty...

Audiences can choose from the iconic Italian pairing of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the thrilling curtain-raiser for the season, with Mascagni’s gritty Cavalleria rusticana, given an unusual twist by Polish director Karolina Sofulak—or Ravel’s childhood fantasy L’enfant et les sortilèges partnered with Janáček’s rarely-performed Osud (Destiny), both directed by Annabel Arden.

Completing the six are two musical theatre classics: Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein’s stylish satire on the American dream with Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta as Dinah and Dutch baritone Quirijn de Lang as Sam, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, cast entirely from the Chorus of Opera North and conducted by Oliver Rundell, Opera North Chorus Master.