Opera North today announces main stage repertoire for Autumn 2019 and Winter 2020, headlined by new productions of Bohuslav Martinů’s rarely performed The Greek Passion and Kurt Weill’s great American opera, Street Scene.

The season showcases the best of Opera North, with revivals of some of our most popular and critically-acclaimed productions programmed alongside these adventurous new productions of two masterpieces from the 20th Century, which, although very different in character, both focus on the plight of displaced people and the experiences of communities at times of great change.

Opening the year in September 2019, The Greek Passion will be directed by Christopher Alden, designed by Charles Edwards and conducted by Garry Walker.

Set in a remote community, Martinů’s final opera explores the divisions created in the village when refugees arrive, pleading for food and shelter, at the same time as the villagers are preparing their roles for the traditional Easter Passion play.

Returning to Opera North in Autumn 2019, Tim Albery’s thrilling production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare will be conducted by one of today’s leading early music conductors, Christian Curnyn.

Phyllida Lloyd’s classic staging of Puccini’s La bohème completes the Autumn; a production which has, over the years, provided an ideal introduction to live opera for countless newcomers. It is revived as part of the season which sees the launch of Try It ON, Opera North’s new initiative to offer first time attendees £20 tickets for all performances.

La bohème will be revived by Michael Barker-Caven, with a new international cast showcasing some of the most promising young artists of today, many of whom make their Opera North debuts.

Opening the Winter 2020 season, Giselle Allen and Robert Hayward head the cast as Anna and Frank Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene, in a new production by Matthew Eberhardt, with designs by Francis O’Connor. This is Opera North’s first production of a work the composer himself regarded as his masterpiece, which will be conducted by James Holmes, one of the world’s leading authorities on the music of Weill.

Also in the Winter, Antony Hermus (Tosca, 2018) returns to Opera North to conduct Jo Davies’ meticulously detailed production of Mozart’s sublime human comedy The Marriage of Figaro in Leslie Travers’ beautiful designs, whilst Leo McFall takes the helm for Alessandro Talevi’s truly chilling production of one of Britten’s consummate masterpieces, The Turn of the Screw.


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