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Three To See 2016: Operas

By | Published on Saturday 30 July 2016


ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three operas.

Norma | Festival Theatre | 5-9 Aug (pictured)
This seasoned and award winning production has already been acclaimed throughout Europe since it was first performed at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2013, so you know you can expect something pretty special with this, opera fans. A great cast, headed by the renowned and sought-after Cecilia Bartoli, perform this powerful tale of love and betrayal.

The Snow Child | Paradise In Augustines | 22-26 Aug
This new chamber opera from young composer Owain Park is an adaptation of Angela Carter’s (very) short story of the same name, so you know you can expect something pretty dark and tragic, but that’s rather par for the course with opera, isn’t it? The music for this has been praised for successfully evoking the sense of a frozen, barren landscape, so it looks as though Park might be one to watch.

A Medley Of Four Dreams Of Linchuan | New Town Theatre | 11-16 Aug
The listing for this warns that it is performed in mandarin with English subtitles, but how often can you understand the language of opera anyway? It’s based on scenes from ‘Four Dreams Of Linchuan’ by China’s most celebrated playwright, Tang Xianzu, and is performed by the very well established Jiangxi Ganju Opera Troupe, who’ve been around since 1953.

Photo: Hans-Jörg Michel