10 reasons you’ll love the fact we’ve matched The Rite of Spring with Opera North’s Gianni Schicchi…

Published: 8 Jan 2019

10 reasons you’ll love the fact we’ve matched The Rite of Spring with Opera North’s Gianni Schicchi

This season we’ve partnered with Opera North to deliver an exciting collision of dance and opera – two short bursts of performance  in one evening that will make you wonder why we’ve never done it before.

We’ve put together some information on why Gianni Schicchi – and Opera North – is such a brilliant addition to your evening…

1.It has a plot that wouldn’t be out of place in a soap opera!

When scheming relatives find out the entire fortune of the wealthy – and recently deceased – Donati has been left to a monastery; his gold-digging family deviously plot a way to keep his wealth and call on conman Gianni Schicchi to help implement their scheme. Little do they know, Schicchi has another agenda in mind…

2.It’s relatable

Not the wicked and devious bit… At its heart, it’s about a father who would move heaven and earth, no matter the consequences, just to make his daughter happy and fulfill her dreams. And who doesn’t love an underdog and for true love to win, right?

3.It’s really funny

An opera you can laugh at. Yes , you read that right. Puccini’s satirical farce became an immediate hit when it premiered at The Met in New York City in 1918 with one critic exclaiming the production was “uproariously funny… so full of life, humour and ingenious devices”.  It’s the perfect antidote to the intensity of The Rite of Spring.

4.It’s short

At just one hour long, you’ll be so absorbed by the wicked trickery and plot twists that time will fly and you’ll be scouring Opera North’s brochure for your next operatic burst in no time!

5.The music is epic – and you even know one of the songs, you just might not know it

Undoubtedly one of Puccini’s most famous soprano arias of all time, ‘O mio babbino caro’ is the earworm you’ll be humming for days after leaving the theatre. Sung by Lauretta to her father, this pearl of the evening will touch your heart and overwhelm the senses as the orchestra swells with irresistible beauty – well worth seeing and hearing live.

6.It’s wacky but based on a real life story

It’s quirky, fun and will totally shake up any preconceptions you may have had about opera. But did you know it’s based on a real life story? Buoso Donati was a Florentine aristocrat who died and Schicchi did trick the family out of their inheritance. How do we know? Because Dante married into the family and then wrote a section in his Inferno about Schicchi! It might be a slightly warped sense of what really happened, but they totally existed.

7.You’ll have a great night out that won’t break the bank

You get to experience two brilliant art forms from two of the city’s leading arts organisations all under one roof with tickets starting from £15… need we say more?

8.It’s a super chilled night of great culture

The big misconception about opera is that it’s stuffy and uptight. You couldn’t be more wrong! Opera North has a laid back, welcoming approach; we know, we’ve met them! There’s no dress code, and they’re passionate about what they do which is great to be a part of.

9.It’s a fab pairing – and it may be a first for us, but not for Gianni Schicchi

We’re excited to be working in partnership with Opera North, but we’re not the first to pair dance with opera, and assure you we won’t be the last. In 1920s, the Royal Opera chose to stage Gianni Schicchi with a Russian ballet presentation – it’s a perfect pairing you see.

10.Opera North has an award-winning orchestra…

Music amplifies emotions, so as they unfold on stage, you can feel what’s happening and how each character is feeling. This sensational pairing also allows our dancers to perform The Rite of Spring with the critically acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North. That’s over 60 musicians in the pit – a rare and wonderful opportunity we’re sure the ensemble will relish.

Gianni Schicchi (pronounced Johnny Ski-Key) is presented in a double bill with The Rite of Spring, at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Sat 16 February, 7.30pm
Sat 23 February, 7.30pm
Thu 28 February, 7.30pm (Anyone under the age of 30 should sign up to Opera North’s U30 scheme for a special U30 event night)
Sat 2 March, 7.30pm
Tickets from £15.

You can buy them here. Or if you want to know a bit more, give Opera North Box Office a call on 0845 848 2720*
* Calls cost 7p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge

Then touring to:
The Lowry, Salford Quays, Fri 8 March, 7.30pm
Theatre Royal Newcastle, Sat 16 March, 7.30pm
Theatre Royal Nottingham, Fri 22 March, 7.30pm