Autumn 2015

Opera in France in the late 19th century had a very particular character – a way of matching words and music that was different to any other country. This had been the case in the brilliant, earliest days of courtly French opera, but had changed in the century when Gluck and then Rossini held sway in the opera houses of Paris.

We set out to find three of the very best French operas, with compelling dramas that could be especially well told on an intimate scale – and decided on three that are essentially ‘French’, though they could hardly be more different from each other.

For all three we have either commissioned or found beautiful arrangements for a small orchestra or chamber group, enabling us to work with singers as young as the parts they play, focusing on the extraordinary dramas.

It’s a special season, certainly, and we enter into it with a spirit of experiment. It should be a season of real beauty and intimacy, in tone ranging from the most ironic to the utterly rhapsodic. All three productions are designed by Oliver Townsend (sets and costumes) and Mark Howland (lighting).

October 2015
Thu 1 7.30pm Pelleas et Melisande Royal College of Music Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Fri 2 7.30pm Werther Royal College of Music Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Sat 3 7.30pm Pelleas et Melisande Royal College of Music Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Thu 8 7.30pm Werther Royal College of Music Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Fri 9 7.30pm The Tales of Hoffmann Royal College of Music Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Sat 10 7.30pm The Tales of Hoffmann Royal College of Music Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Fri 16 7.30pm Pelleas et Melisande Buxton Opera House Box office: 01298 72190 Booking Closed
Sat 17 7.30pm The Tales of Hoffmann Buxton Opera House Box office: 01298 72190 Booking Closed
Sun 18 3.00pm Werther Buxton Opera House Box office: 01298 72190 Booking Closed
Thu 22 7.30pm Pelleas et Melisande Malvern Theatres Box office: 01684 892277 Booking Closed
Fri 23 7.30pm The Tales of Hoffmann Malvern Theatres Box office: 01684 892277 Booking Closed
Sat 24 7.30pm Werther Malvern Theatres Box office: 01684 892277 Booking Closed
Mon 26 7.30pm Werther Gala Theatre, Durham Box office: 03000 266600 Booking Closed
Tue 27 7.30pm The Tales of Hoffmann Gala Theatre, Durham Box office: 03000 266600 Booking Closed
Thu 29 7.30pm Werther Harrogate Theatre Box office: 01423 502 116 Booking Closed
Fri 30 7.30pm Pelleas et Melisande Harrogate Theatre Box office: 01423 502 116 Booking Closed
Sat 31 7.30pm The Tales of Hoffmann Harrogate Theatre Box office: 01423 502 116 Booking Closed
November 2015
Thu 5 7.30pm Werther West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Fri 6 7.30pm The Tales of Hoffmann West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Sat 7 7.30pm Pelleas et Melisande West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Mon 9 7.30pm Pelleas et Melisande Theatre Royal Bath Box office: 01225 448844 Booking Closed
Tue 10 7.30pm The Tales of Hoffmann Theatre Royal Bath Box office: 01225 448844 Booking Closed
Thu 12 7.30pm Werther Snape Maltings Concert Hall Box office: 01728 687 110 Booking Closed
Fri 13 7.30pm Pelleas et Melisande Snape Maltings Concert Hall Box office: 01728 687 110 Booking Closed
Sat 14 7.30pm The Tales of Hoffmann Snape Maltings Concert Hall Box office: 01728 687 110 Booking Closed
Wed 18 7.30pm Werther Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Thu 19 7.30pm The Tales of Hoffmann Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Fri 20 7.30pm Pelleas et Melisande Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Sat 21 7.30pm The Tales of Hoffmann Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
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