A preview of opera at The Grand
Opera North’s exciting new season starts this week with the Company’s new Music Director, Aleksandar Markovic, conducting David McVicar’s sumptuous production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. A comic exploration of the vagaries of romantic love and advancing age, this is an opera which delights in the beauty of the soprano voice. Ylva Kihlberg sings the bittersweet part of the Marschallin following her memorably poignant portrayal of Jenufa last year.
In October, love takes a darker turn with two of Puccini’s most compelling one act operas. The first is the intensely atmospheric Il tabarro in which Italian baritone Ivan Inverardi makes his UK debut as the embittered husband, Michele. Completing the double-bill is a new production of Suor Angelica featuring Anne Sophie Duprels as Suor Angelica, a mother overcome with grief at the loss of her child.
Later that month, Britten’s penetrating psychological masterpiece Billy Budd returns to the Opera North stage for the first time in over 20 years. The cast includes many of today’s leading Britten interpreters including RPS Singer of the Year, Roderick Williams, in the title role. Orpha Phelan directs:
Says Billy Budd’s director, Opha Phelan, “It’s not often one gets to work with the intensity of an all-male cast on arguably the greatest operatic work of the twentieth century. The power and force of Billy Budd will certainly leave us quaking in our boots. But, while there’s lots of action, what attracts me more is the introspective nature of the opera. This is a memory piece – we are looking back on Vere’s ghosts as he himself approaches death.”