7 reasons you won't want to miss Haydn's Life on the Moon

Tuesday 26 August 2014

1. You won’t find a funnier opera than Life on the Moon
Among its laugh-out-loud credentials are its libretto, written by Venetian comedy master Carlo Goldoni, and an absurd story which revolves around a demented ruse to rob an old scrooge by convincing him that he can fly to the moon. If that sounds complicated, don’t worry: thanks to our witty English translation you won’t miss a single joke.

2. Because Haydn wasn’t just good at writing string quartets
The “Father of the String Quartet” could write a mean opera score too. As well as the glorious finales of Act 1 and 2, Life on the Moon features arias and duets of great beauty (‘Se la mia stella’ and ‘Un certo ruscelletto’ for starters) and other arias of fiendish difficulty – like ‘Ragion nell’alma siede’ with dozens of top Ds.

3. Book if you’re looking for a memorable night out…
Life on the Moon was written to celebrate a wedding, and it shows. Its jolly scenes, light-hearted gags and bouncy music make it the perfect choice if you like to be entertained and love operas done in a traditional setting.

4. … or if you loved the National Theatre’s comedy hit One Man, Two Guvnors
Cal McCrystal, dubbed by the Guardian as “the man who made James Corden funny”, directs a top-notch cast including ETO stalwart Andrew Slater as Buonafede, Jane Harrington as his clear-sighted daughter Clarice, and Martha Jones (Nancy, Albert Herring) as the servant he tries to cheat and seduce.

5. It’s the perfect introduction to classical opera
Haydn enjoyed relationships with many of his musical contemporaries. He shared a long friendship with Mozart and was Beethoven’s teacher for three years. His operas are full of accessible music that echoes the works of those two great composers. If you enjoyed our The Magic Flute last spring, then see Life on the Moon.

6. It’s one of the first science fiction operas
The genre of science fiction is associated with the modern world but dates back for centuries. Life on the Moon was first performed in 1777 and with a plot involving a (faked) journey to the Moon has been described as one of the first science fiction operas. If you like your Jules Verne mixed with a liberal dose of Baron Munchausen, this is the opera for you.

7. It’s a treat you won’t feel guilty about
Across the tour, ETO’s tickets are very affordable, with a range of prices and multibuy offers. Visit the Tour Dates page to find your nearest venue.

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