Opera North at The Lowry

Part of our Classical Music in Manchester and the North guide

Johnny James, Managing Editor
Opera North performing La Traviata © Richard H Smith.

Opera North at The Lowry, Salford, 15–19 November 2022, from £20.00 - Book now

Opera North storm into The Lowry with three unmissable shows this November: La Traviata, Orfeo Ed Euridice and Orpheus.

The triple threat begins on 15 November with the company’s critically-acclaimed production of one the world’s most popular operas: Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, which captures all the glitz and glamour of pre-WWI Paris. It follows the tragic tale of the hedonistic courtesan Violetta, who falls in love with Alfredo, a young bourgeois. Unbeknown to her lover however, Violetta is seriously ill. Will their romance survive his family’s and society’s disapproval before it is all too late?

The Lowry’s the place to be for opera fans this November.

Packed with some of the best-known music in opera, including some of the most challenging and revered music in the entire soprano repertoire; the aria Sempre libera at the end of Act I is especially treasured. But beyond that, the musical continuity of the whole opera makes it a masterpiece. The taut plot and vivid characters paired with Verdi’s perfectly attuned music tend to result in few dry eyes by the end of Act III.

Next on 18 November it’s a dramatic concert performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orfeo Ed Euridice – a timeless love story for which Gluck reserved some of his finest arias, including Orfeo’s heart-breaking cry for his lost love Che farò senza Euridice. Overflowing with hope, desire, and the agony of heartbreak, this pioneering masterpiece will cut straight to the heart in this stripped-back performance, elevating the emotional power of the music and the splendour of the chorus and orchestra.

Lastly on 19 November, another love story moves into the spotlight as audiences are invited into the beautiful world of Orpheus – a pioneering collaboration between Opera North and South Asian Arts-uk. It melds the music of Monteverdi’s 1607 opera Orfeo with brand new work by composer and virtuoso sitar player Jasdeep Singh Degun. Think a beguiling musical tapestry woven from western baroque and Indian classical music. Again exploring the legend of Orpheus and his attempt to retrieve his deceased wife Eurydice from the underworld, this new staging relocates the Greek myth to a wedding party in a contemporary British garden. Colour us intrigued!

Three unmissable shows from an opera company that never fails to entertain, engage, challenge and inspire; The Lowry’s the place to be for opera fans this November.

Opera North at The Lowry, Salford

15–19 November 2022
From £20.00

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