Opera North returns to Salford

Published: 15 March 2024
Reporter: David Chadderton

Opera North’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte: Heather Lowe as Dorabella, Alexandra Lowe as Fiordiligi and Gillene Butterfield as Despina Credit: James Glossop

Opera North promises "love, jealousy and revenge" with its latest programme at The Lowry.

The season opens on 20 March with two short operas directed by Karolina Sofulak, a revival of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana paired with a new production of Rachmaninov’s rarely performed Aleko.

Robert Hayward sings Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana and the title role in Aleko. Andrés Presno appears as Turiddù before the interval and Young Lover after, and Anne-Marie Owens returns to Opera North to take on the roles of Lucia in Cavalleria rusticana and A Woman in Aleko. Antony Hermus conducts.

Mozart's Così fan tutte sees two sisters being put to the test by their fiancés in disguise, thanks to an ill-advised bet that neither woman will remain faithful if tempted. What follows is a bittersweet look at love filled with seduction, revelations and surprises.

Tim Albery’s production, set in the 18th century Age of Reason, features Alexandra Lowe as Fiordiligi and Heather Lowe as Dorabella, with Anthony Gregory and Henry Neill as their duplicitous lovers Ferrando and Guglielmo. Clemens Schuldt makes his Opera North debut as conductor.

Following its run in Salford, Così fan tutte will tour to Hull New Theatre.

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