Jette Parker Artists and The Royal Opera to Present Martinu / Harbison Double Bill

By David Salazar

The Jette Parker Artists and The Royal Opera are set to present a double bill featuring Martinu’s “Larmes de couteau” and Harbison’s “Full Moon in March.”

The showcase, which will be presented at the Linbury Theatre starting on April 26, 2024, will be directed by Eleanor Burke and Harriet Taylor. Both operas will star Valentina Puskás as Eleanora, alongside Veena Akama-Makia as the formidable La mère, and Kamohelo Tsotetsi as Satan, with “Full Moon in March” also featuring Jonah Halton.

Edward Reeve conducts the Britten Sinfonia.

“I am delighted to be directing Martinů’s ‘Larmes de couteau,’ the UK premiere was directed by our Director of Opera, Oliver Mears in 2007,” said Burke per an official press statement. “This black comedy draws heavily on the influence of Dada, Vaudeville and the Theatre of the Absurd and will take our audiences on a surreal, funny, and ultimately poignant journey that explores the marital expectations still imposed on women today.”

“I love that the opera Full Moon in March is as well travelled and haunted as the Swineherd himself- it comes from the eccentric and esoteric world of WB Yeats and found new life through the modern and melodic mind of John Harbison, but now that the piece is in the hands of our fierce female-led creative team, I couldn’t be more excited to give the Queen her chance to shine,” added Taylor who will direct “Full Moon in March.”

Additionally, the company will include a British Sign Language interpreter for the May 2 performance and an Audio Described Performance on April 28.

The double bill runs from April 26 – May 4, 2024.