Three of the best with Opera North

Madama Butterfly, Opera North.
Madama Butterfly, Opera North.

OPERA North’s regular visits to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal are always eagerly awaited and this latest one, from November 1-5, is no different.

The company will be performing three contrasting works, the Gilbert and Sullivan favourite Ruddigore, Puccini’s operatic masterpiece Madama Butterfly and Tchaikovsky’s The Queen Of Spades.

In Ruddigore, mild-mannered Robin Oakapple is revealed as the long-lost Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, true inheritor of the curse of Ruddigore. He discovers that he must commit a crime a day or die in agony. However, his troubles really start when his feeble crimes drag his exasperated ancestors back from the dead. Ghostly apparitions are brought vividly to the stage by illusionist Paul Kieve.

The music team is led by esteemed conductor John Wilson, currently in great demand following his album, The John Wilson Orchestra: That’s Entertainment, which reached No. 15 in the UK Album Chart.

Madama Butterfly, sung in Italian with English titles, is a touching story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures, which resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world. Widely hailed as one of the world’s best-loved operas, it features some of the most popular, beautiful and recognisable opera music, such as the Humming Chorus and One Fine Day.

With its exquisite set and costumes, this moving production has again received critical acclaim. Director Tim Albery has taken a fresh look at his production from 2007, while Italian conductor Daniele Rustioni makes his Opera North debut.

Tchaikovsky’s darkly glittering supernatural tragedy, The Queen of Spades, is a masterpiece of love, secrecy and greed. In 19th century St Petersburg, Herman, an officer in the army, is obsessed with learning the secret of the three cards that will bring him wealth, love and happiness. But fate deals against him and he loses everything in this spectacular new period production. Richard Farnes, Opera North’s Music Director, conducts the Orchestra of Opera North and a stellar cast of singers.

Ruddigore can be seen on November 1 and 3, Madama Butterfly on November 2 and 5, and The Queen Of Spades on November 4.

Tickets are £15-£58 with concessions available. Call the box office on 0115 9895555.