Passion, jealousy, vengeance, and waltzing away 2021 will feature in three stunning productions when Opera North return to Hull.
The Orchestra of Opera North will waltz out the old and bring in the New Year with Viennese Whirl on 31 December at Hull City Hall.
Waltzes, marches and song will mark Opera North’s homage to the New Year’s Eve tradition with the Blue Danube Waltz, the Radetzky March and more offering a rousing welcome to 2022.
Young Italian-Turkish conductor Nil Venditti, Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra della Toscana, takes the podium, with Irish soprano Máire Flavin –joining the ensemble.
Next spring the award-winning company will spend three nights at Hull New Theatre with two new productions – a hot-blooded Carmen on 31 March and 2 April, 2022 and a fiercely dramatic Rigoletto on 1 April, 2022.
Love is wild with Carmen in this scorching new production of one of the most popular operas ever written taking audiences into a world where desire and hot-blooded passion reign supreme. Carmen is a strong woman doing what she can to survive in a poor frontier town, manipulating and seducing the men who try to control her. But when one man’s obsession turns to wild jealousy, the consequences are shocking. Bizet’s flamenco-infused music overflows with emotion and unforgettable melodies including the Habanera and Toreador Song.
The intense drama continues with Rigoletto and the story of a man living in a world controlled by the privileged and powerful, who is loathed and mocked for his difference. The only thing he lives for is his beautiful daughter Gilda, whom he hides away from a corrupt society. But when she is discovered by the predatory Duke, Rigoletto sets out on a path of vengeance. Verdi’s dramatic masterpiece contains some of his most passionate music including the instantly recognisable melody of the Duke’s song La donna è mobile.
Tickets are on sale now at www.hulltheatres.co.uk