Wild west tales with Opera North

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (Golden Girl Of The West) by Puccini performed by 'Opera North'Photo credit: � CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL;
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (Golden Girl Of The West) by Puccini performed by 'Opera North'Photo credit: � CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL;

Opera North will return to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal for an exciting triple-bill from March 18-22.

The operas included a long-awaited and critically acclaimed new production of Puccini’s thrilling tale of the American West, The Girl of the Golden West.

Dubbed ‘the original Spaghetti Western,’ The Girl of the Golden West is a story of true love and second chances, set in a tough mining camp during the California Gold Rush. Puccini’s melodic gift and rich orchestral score is a perfect match for the love triangle between Dick Johnson, also known as the bandit Ramerrez, the embittered Sheriff Jack Rance, and Minnie, the Girl of the title, who runs the Polka saloon.

The intensely lyrical and human score reflects the maturity of Puccini’s characters, experienced in life yet unhardened by it. Filled with delicately poignant moments, this opera presents a dramatic and stunningly beautiful love story, featuring powerful performances.

Joining The Girl of the Golden West is director Tim Albery’s gripping production of Verdi’s Macbeth, which returns to the company following the huge success of Albery’s Otello in Winter 2013. This excitingly dramatic, modern-dress production depicts the vivid world of the supernatural through the “bleak and elegantly styled” design of Johan Engels.

Seduced by a dark prophecy and goaded by his wife, the warrior Macbeth becomes consumed by ambition. Having murdered the king, he discovers that to keep power, more and more blood must be spilt.

Opera North completes this visit to The Theatre Royal with a charming journey through the music of the renowned City of Romance in From Paris with Love.

This special theatrical concert explores the music that helped create the iconic images of Paris as the most romantic city in the world.

Leading soloists join forces with the ladies of the Chorus of Opera North to delve into sparkling classical favourites which capture the timeless character of Paris.

For ticket details, call the box office on 0115 9895555.