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 also announced forthcoming productions of Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and The Snow Maiden at Newcastle Theatre Royal in March 2017.
Der Rosenkavalier will appear at Newcastle Theatre Royal on Wed 2 and Sat 5 Nov 2016, Billy Budd for one performance only on Thu 3 Nov and the Il tabarro/Suor Angelica double bill will be shown on Fri 4 Nov.