The Winter Season arrives at Opera North with a dramatic new production of Giordano’s passionate tragedy Andrea Chénier, alongside the welcome revival of two much-loved favourites: Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. The season opens at Leeds Grand Theatre on 19 January 2016 before touring to three of the North’s most prestigious venues in March: Theatre Royal Newcastle, Theatre Royal Nottingham and The Lowry, Salford Quays.

Political upheaval, memorable arias and enduring love provide a stirring start to the new year as Giordano’s Andrea Chénier is brought to Opera North for the first time by Annabel Arden. Taking the life of the French poet André Chénier as its inspiration, the opera explores love and the individual at the time of the French Revolution before charting the rapid descent of hope and optimism into the Terror. Combining a dramatic storyline with compelling music, this new production looks set to become an unforgettable addition to the Company’s repertoire.

Written at the time of the French Revolution, but with a very different focus, is Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Directed by Tim Albery (The Coronation of Poppea and Otello), Opera North’s production has already captivated audiences at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in New York. Back on home territory, it is once again set to intrigue people with its thoughtful exploration of fidelity, deception, human motivation and the dangers of desire. It all begins innocently enough when Don Alfonso comes up with a wager: that the fiancées of two young men are far more likely to succumb to another’s amorous advances than they might choose to believe. The ensuing, often disconcerting, consequences are accompanied by some of the most beautiful music Mozart ever wrote.

A more light-hearted approach to the twists and turns of love can be found in Daniel Slater’s sun drenched 1950s-style production of Donizetti’s comic opera L’elisir d’amore. Having enjoyed critical acclaim at Spain’s Ópera de Oviedo, it returns to England to charm audiences in the North with its playful tale of the ineffectual but good-hearted Nemorino and his quest to win the hand of the very self-assured Adina. Can Dr Dulcamara’s ‘love potion’ really solve all his problems?

Performance diary

January – March 2016

Leeds Grand Theatre

Tue 19 Jan Andrea Chénier 7.30pm
Sat 23 Jan Andrea Chénier 7.30pm
Tue 2 Feb Andrea Chénier 7.30pm
Wed 3 Feb Così fan tutte 7.00pm
Wed 10 Feb Così fan tutte 7.00pm
Sat 13 Feb Così fan tutte 7.00pm
Wed 17 Feb L’elisir d’amore 7.30pm
Thu 18 Feb Così fan tutte 7.00pm
Fri 19 Feb L’elisir d’amore 7.30pm
Sat 20 Feb Andrea Chénier 7.30pm
Tues 23 Feb L’elisir d’amore 2.30pm (schools matinee)
Wed 24 Feb Andrea Chénier 7.30pm
Thu 25 Feb L’elisir d’amore 7.30pm
Fri 26 Feb Così fan tutte 7.00pm
Sat 27 Feb L’elisir d’amore 7.30pm


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