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The Rite of Spring and Gianni Schicchi

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Double Bill 2019- Contemporary Dance and Opera

The Rite of Spring and Gianni Schicchi

An exciting collision of opera and dance the Rite of Spring – IGOR STRAVINSKY

In association with Opera North

The 1913 premiere of The Rite of Spring almost caused a riot. Unconventional choreography and shockingly dissonant music provoked anger from the Parisian audience and in Stravinsky’s letter home he wrote that ‘things got as far as fighting’.

Internationally-acclaimed Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus reimagines this iconic piece of dance in the first ever collaboration between Opera North and Phoenix Dance Theatre. Saintus’ fresh interpretation is set to Stravinsky’s ground-breaking score, performed by the acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North and led by conductor Garry Walker.


This sardonic comedy is played out around the death-bed of a rich man where scheming relatives vie for a chunk of his fortune. They turn to conman Gianni Schicchi for help but can he be trusted? Puccini’s mini masterpiece, based on an episode in Dante’s Inferno, is rich with vivid characterisation and colourful music.

Christopher Alden’s satirical production frames the action in the early Renaissance and the chic modern Italian costumes are a sly nod to the ageless themes of greed and avarice which Puccini exploits to brilliantly farcical effect. Gianni Schicchi is Puccini’s only outright comedy and features one of his best-loved arias ‘O mio babbino caro’.

The Rite of Spring alongside Gianni Schicchi tour dates:

Leeds Grand Theatre  BOOK NOW>
16, 23, 28, February, 2nd March 2019

The Lowry, Manchester BOOK NOW>
8 March 2019

Newcastle Theatre Royal BOOK NOW>
16 March 2019

Nottingham Theatre Royal BOOK NOW>
22 March 2019