This autumn marks the long-awaited return of opera to theatres across the north of England as Opera North performs its first full live season and tour since the pandemic, including bringing Bizet’s passionate masterpiece Carmen to The Lowry Theatre in Salford on Wednesday, 11 November.
Leonard Bernstein takes centre-stage the following evening, when a double-bill of his works explores the tensions which can arise in both a relationship and in society at large.
His one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti puts the American Dream under the spotlight as the cracks begin to show in Sam and Dinah’s seemingly perfect marriage in 1950s suburbia. First performed as part of Opera North’s Little Greats season of short operas in 2017, this revival, directed by Matthew Eberhardt, sees baritone Quirijn de Lang returning in the role of Sam, with American mezzo Sandra Piques Eddy joining him as Dinah.
Paired with Trouble in Tahiti is a new co-production of West Side Story Symphonic Dances in collaboration with Phoenix Dance Theatre. West Side Story is a landmark of musical theatre and Bernstein’s stand-alone Symphonic Dances extracted from the show are packed with mambos, waltzes and cha-chas. Conducted by Antony Hermus, Opera North’s Principal Guest Conductor, and choreographed by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s recently appointed Artistic Director Dane Hurst, Symphonic Dances is an entirely new dance work inspired by the situation in South Africa in the 1950s and 60s. Responding to the rhythms of the piece, the dancers navigate the rough edges and walls of city life, exploring conflict and the need to connect.
The double bill is complemented by a short spoken-word performance, Halfway and Beyond, by writer and performer Khadijah Ibrahiim, who has created a poetic dialogue between nature and consciousness, the concept of identity and the notion of belonging.
How much are the tickets?
Tickets are priced from £20 to £53.50.
How do I book tickets to watch Trouble in Tahiti/Symphonic Dances?
To book tickets please call The Lowry at 08432086000 or via their website here.
When will the show be and what is the duration of the show?
10 Nov & 12 Nov (Audio-described) – Carmen 7.00pm
11 Nov (Audio-described) & 13 Nov – Bernstein Double Bill 7.00pm
Trouble in Tahiti/Symphonic Dances is approximately 2 hours. Tahiti will run for 50 mins with a 30 min Interval. This is followed by Spoken Word/Dance Piece ‘Halfway and Beyond’ for 10 mins and then Symphonic Dances for another 27 mins.
After The Lowry, the productions move to Nottingham Theatre Royal completing the tour on Saturday, 20 November.
Where will the performance be held?
The Lyric Theatre
Tel: 0843208 6000
Things to note:
- The Lowry welcomes all visitors regardless of their disability and strives to meet all individuals needs where possible.
- They welcome assistance dogs.
- The Lowry website is fully accessible and features BrowseAloud. Browsealoud adds speech, reading and translation support, facilitating access and participation for those people who need support reading print, dyslexia, low literacy, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language. To use this feature, simply click on the grey ear logo located in the footer.
- If you are driving to the show, we would recommend for you to park at The Lowry Outlet which is opposite the theatre, but be aware as there is lack of signage from the car park area to the theatre, so best to ask someone or use google maps to find your way.
- They are asking everyone to continue wearing masks in our building however they recognise that this is not mandatory
- They are asking everyone to use hand sanitiser provided and practice good hand washing
- They are asking for visitors to respect social distancing
About The Lowry Theatre
The Lowry is a registered charity committed to using visual and performing arts to enrich people’s lives. They present audiences with a diverse programme of theatre, opera, musicals, dance, music, comedy and visual art as well as events and activities to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike. At the heart of their work is a commitment to the local communities and young people. Tapping into the work on their ur stages and in their galleries, they offer thousands of free creative participation opportunities each year. They are passionate about nurturing talent, developing creative professionals of the future and raising aspirations.
About Opera North
Opera North is a national opera company based in Leeds, and is a leading UK arts organisation. Rooted in the North of England, international in outlook, they create extraordinary experiences, every day. Their award-winning work tours to theatre stages and concert halls throughout the North and beyond, including to London and major international festivals, and they curate an eclectic artistic programme of gigs, concerts, spoken word and film in the Howard Assembly Room. Their aim is to make bold, innovative, ambitious work and share it in new ways. Opera North believes opera and music is for everyone and champions diversity in artists, repertoire and audiences. Opera North Education connects with communities and inspires each generation, aiming to enhance the health and well-being of people in the communities where we work through arts participation and performance. Opera North is grateful for the generous support of Arts Council England and Leeds City Council, sponsorship from the private sector, trusts and individuals, the Friends of Opera North, the Opera North Future Fund and the box office income from its audiences, which allows us to continue to mount our award-winning work.
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