Alice Coote & Sophie Bevan Headline Opera North’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Opera North has announced its new season featuring seven operas and two new productions. Here is a look at what to expect!

The season opens with Bohuslav Martinů “The Greek Passion” in a new production by Christopher Alden. Gary Walker conducts the masterful score with a cast headed by Nicky Spence, Magdalena Molendowska, Paul Nilon, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, Stephen Gadd, John Savournin, Steven Page, and Brian Bannatyne-Scott.

Performance Dates: Sept. 14-Nov. 16, 2019 

Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” gets a revival with Justina Gringytė taking on the title role. Christian Curnyn and Manoj Kamps alternate at the podium with a cast that also includes Sophie Bevan, Heather Lowe, James Laing, Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, and Darren Jeffery.

Performance Dates: Sept. 28- Nov. 13, 2019

Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” is revived with Australian soprano Lauren Fagan and British soprano Katie Bird sharing the role of Mimì, Mexican tenor Eleazar Rodríguez, and New Zealand tenor Thomas Atkins as Rodolfo, Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan and British/Australian soprano Samantha Clarke as Musetta, and Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk and British baritone Timothy Nelson as Marcello.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12-Nov. 15, 2019

Christopher Purves and Alice Coote headline a concert performance of Bartok’s one-act opera “Bluebeard’s Castle.” The concert performance is set to include the Orchestra of Opera North conducted by Sian Edwards.

Performance Dates: Nov. 28 & Nov. 30, 2019

Kurt Weill’s Street Scene” gets a rare staging in a new production by Matthew Eberhardt. Giselle Allen, Robert Hayward, Gillene Butterfield, and Alex Banfield lead the cast with James Holmes conducting.

Performance Dates: Jan. 18-March 20, 2020

Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” is revived with Phillip Rhodes, Fflur Wyn, Quirijn de Lang, Máire Flavin, and Heather Lowe heading the cast. Antony Hermus and James Hendry conduct the masterpiece.

Performance Dates: Feb, 1-March 21, 2020

Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” gets a revival in Alessandro Talevi’s production. Nicholas Watts, Sarah Tynan, Eleanor Dennis, Heather Shipp, and Jennifer Clark are set to star in the production conducted by Leo McFall.

Performance Dates: Feb, 15-March 19 2020