“TRIUMPH, joy, madness, death, battles, jealousy, rage; what more do you want from a night at the opera?”
Certainly as far as the brilliant and provocative Australian opera and theatre director, Barrie Kosky, is concerned, that pretty much covers it.
Barrie made his debut working with the world famous Glyndebourne Festival Opera this summer directing Handel’s compelling psychological drama, Saul. The production attracted amazing reviews from both press and public and now there’s the chance to see it at Milton Keynes Theatre.
But that’s not the only musical treat that is heading into the county this November.
First up is a revival of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale which, while the director Mariame Clement has plumped for an opulent period setting, has some very recognisably modern plot lines: rich old man in search of a young wife; a rebellious teenager sulking in his bedroom and an ambitious woman longing for money (and for a young lover).
The third opera that Glyndebourne Tour presents is an elegant new production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio).
Also transferring from the 2015 Festival, David McVicar’s new production of the musical wunderkind’s early masterpiece is a sensitive and erotic comedy. A culture clash between east and west, the opera is beautifully designed by Vicki Mortimer and exquisitely acted and sung by a cast that includes the up-and-coming American tenor Benjamin Bliss, currently a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in New York.
You may not be a buff, an -ophile or even a regular opera-goer but the chance to see one of the finest opera companies in the world performing some of the most sensational music ever written right on your doorstep is too good an opportunity to miss. So don’t!
Milton Keynes Theatre is one of only five venues across the country that annually hosts Glyndebourne Tour. In the 16 years that the company has been visiting the theatre nearly 50,000 people have watched and enjoyed world-class opera, productions that you’d otherwise have to trek all the way down to East Sussex to see. This year, performances run from 10-14 November.
This year, two of the three productions that make up the programme are premieres that have transferred straight from the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival
Call the box office on 0844 871 7652 or visit: atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes for more information