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A Dramatic Season Of Opera At Newcastle Theatre Royal!

Issue 16

Opera North comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal this Autumn with an intensely powerful triple bill. It will feature a revival of Strauss’s comic masterpiece Der Rosenkavalier and a new production of Britten’s rarely performed masterpiece, Billy Budd, before heading into darker territory with two of Puccini’s compelling one-act operas, Il tabarro and Suor Angelica. Der Rosenkavalier pits the intensity and eagerness of romantic young love against the wisdom of age and experience. Similar themes can be found in Puccini’s Il tabarro and Suor Angelica. Il tabarro tracks the rapid disintegration of marriage into violence and despair, leaving it to Michael Barker-Caven’s new production of Suor Angelica to offer a glimpse of hope and redemption. Equally thought-provoking is Britten’s Billy Budd. A tale of distrust and betrayal set on a naval ship, Britten’s haunting opera provides an insight into innocence versus evil and the corrosive nature of power. Opera North has…


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