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The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi

The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi
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16 Feb 2019 - 2 Mar 2019

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Leeds Grand Theatre

46 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NZ

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.

Gianni Schicchi
A wickedly funny operatic short.

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’.

Image Info: Guy Farrow and Richard Moran

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Tickets £15.00 - £75.00 (concessions available)

Wheelchair Access

There is lift access to most of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony) from the foyer and a wheelchair access lift to the foyer from the Box Office. Please note that some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. We recommend checking with the Box Office before purchasing a ticket if you have concerns.

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