Opera North / The Rite of Spring & Gianni Schicchi

Sat 16 Mar 2019

In association with Phoenix Dance Theatre

The 1913 premiere of The Rite of Spring almost caused a riot. Unconventional choreography and shockingly dissonant music provoked anger from the Parisian audience and in Stravinsky’s letter home he wrote that ‘things got as far as fighting’.

Internationally-acclaimed Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus reimagines this iconic piece of dance in the first ever collaboration between Opera North and Phoenix Dance Theatre. Saintus’ fresh interpretation is set to Stravinsky’s ground-breaking score, performed by the acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North and led by conductor Garry Walker.

(in a double bill with The Rite of Spring)

This sardonic comedy is played out around the death-bed of a rich man where scheming relatives vie for a chunk of his fortune. They turn to conman Gianni Schicchi for help but can he be trusted? Puccini’s mini masterpiece, based on an episode in Dante’s Inferno, is rich with vivid characterisation and colourful music.

Christopher Alden’s satirical production frames the action in the early Renaissance and the chic modern Italian costumes are a sly nod to the ageless themes of greed and avarice which Puccini exploits to brilliantly farcical effect. Gianni Schicchi is Puccini’s only outright
comedy and features one of his best-loved arias ‘O mio babbino caro’.

Gianni Schicchi is sung in Italian with English titles

Tickets from £18.50

Katya Kabanova

FREE Pre-show talk
Sat 16 Mar 6.30pm – 7.00pm