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SPOT LIGHT

GUIDE TO NEW PRODUCTIONS & OPERA HIGHLIGHTS FEB-APR 2017

UK

DON’T MISS

The Snow Maiden at Opera North Rimsky-Korsakov’s touching and tragic tale of a beautiful woman with a heart of ice launches Opera North’s fairytale season. The Northern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly sings the title role.

The Winter’s Tale at English National Opera In a sea of revivals, ENO’s world premiere of The Winter’s Tale comes as a welcome sign of a return to the land of the living for a company in distress. A strong British cast is led by Sophie Bevan and Susan Bickley. ENO’s composerin- residence Ryan Wigglesworth makes his operatic debut and Rory Kinnear, one of the UK’s most treasured actors (and a great Shakespearean to boot), directs.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Royal Opera House Kasper Holten takes his final bow as the ROH’s director of opera after a patchy few years of palpable hits and miserable misses. He’s an experienced Wagnerian – though this one needs a lightness of touch. Initial publicity stills seem to suggest a modern ‘X Factor’ approach… Bryn Terfel reprises the role of Hans Sachs.

ENO composer-in-residence Ryan Wigglesworth
BENJAMIN EALOVEGA

OPERA ON TOUR

ENGLISH TOURING OPERA

Tosca Puccini

Michael Rosewell (cond)

Blanche McIntyre (dir)

Patience Sullivan

Timothy Burke (cond)

Liam Steel (dir)

Mar 4 to Jun 10

London, Hackney Empire

4-10 March

Lighthouse, Poole

17-18 March

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

20-21 March

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

24-25 March

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk

30 March-1 April

York Theatre Royal

7-8 April

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

10-11 April

Curve, Leicester

12-13 April

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

19-22 April

Cambridge Arts Theatre

25-29 April

G Live, Guilford

2 May

Buxton Opera House

4-6 May

Warwick Arts Centre

8-9 May

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

12-13 May

Gala Theatre, Durham

15-16 May

Perth Festival, Scotland

18 May

Exeter Northcott Theatre

23-27 May

Hall for Cornwall, Truro

29-39 May

Norwich Theatre Royal

1-3 June

Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

5 June

Coronation Hall, Ulverston

7 June

Grand Theatre Blackpool

10 June

www.englishtouringopera.org.uk

BELFAST

NI OPERA

+44 28 9024 1919, www.niopera.com

La bohème Puccini

Rafael Payare (cond)

Apr 28 to 29

CARDIFF

WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

+44 08700 40 2000, www.wno.org.uk

La bohème Puccini

Manlio Benzi (cond)

Annabel Arden (dir)

Continues to Feb 15

Le Vin herbé Martin

Alexander Martin (cond)

Polly Graham (dir)

Continues to Feb 16

Madama Butterfly Puccini

Lawrence Foster / James Southall (cond)

Joachim Herz (dir)

Continues to Feb 17

GLASGOW

SCOTTISH OPERA

+44 141 331 1234,

www.scottishopera.org.uk

Pelleas and Melisande Debussy

Stuart Stratford (cond)

David McVicar (dir)

Feb 23 to Mar 4

Bluebeard’s Castle Bartók /

The Eighth Door Paterson

Sian Edwards (cond)

Matthew Lenton (dir)

Mar 28 to Apr 1

LEEDS

OPERA NORTH

+44 113 222 6222,

www.operanorth.co.uk

The Snow Maiden Rimsky-Korsakov

Leo McFall (cond)

John Fulljames (dir)

Continues to Feb 24

Hansel and Gretel Humperdinck

Christoph Altstaedt / Justin Doyle (cond)

Edward Dick (dir)

Feb 2 to 25

Cinderella Rossini

Wyn Davies / David Cowan (cond)

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