Opera lovers can expect a real treat next week as Opera North returns to the region for a week of musical treats.
Three contrasting shows will be staged at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.
The popular Opera North will be performing the classic comedy, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Janáček’s tragedy Jenůfa, and a special version of Broadway’s legendary Kiss me, Kate for more contemporary opera lovers.
The season will start with the Barber of Seville, a show which is prequel to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. The Barber of Seville is a facical comedy full of slapstick which focuses on the beautiful Rosina who is love with a dashing young count.
However, her elderly guardian, Doctor Bartolo, hasdesigns on her himself, and does everything he can to put obstacles in the way of their happiness.
Rossini’s score contains one irresistibly catchy number after another including the famous aria Largo al factotum.
This is not the first time the group has performed the show. Opera North is reviving the piece which it has toured at opera houses around the world and includes period staging and colourfully eccentric 18th century wigs and costumes.
The Barber of Seville will be performed at the Newcastle venue on Tuesday, November 3, and Thursday, November 5.
Sandwiched inbetween the two shows is Janáček’s Jenůfa, which has been shown around the world for more than 100 years. It is an intense story of love, jealousy and sacrifice.
It took Janáček 10 years to complete his first great opera, and in the final year of its composition he witnessed his own daughter’s painful illness and early death.
This painful experience is reflected in the score.
Closing the Opera North’s winter season is an exciting new production of Broadway’s Kiss Me, Kate. It is the first time the production has come to the North East.
The title of the musical comedy is a clue that it is based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, execept it is set both on and off-stage during a performance.
The show revolves around the love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham and his leading lady and ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi.
Throw in Fred’s current lover Lois Lane, her gambler boyfriend Bill plus a few others and you’re set for a farcical battle.
This production brings a new edge for the company and stars a series of West End professionals, including Ashley Day who was in the region playing Curley in Oklahoma! earlier in the year.
Kiss Me, Kate runs at the Theatre Royal from Friday, November 6 until Saturday, November 7 with two performances on the Saturday.
Tickets for all three events start at £18. Performances begin at 7.15pm not 7.30pm as normal. Visit www.theatre royal.co.uk for tickets.