Gareth Hancock conductorOliver Platt director Alyson Cummins designer Jake Wiltshire lighting designer
Tchaikovsky Iolanta, Op 69Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges
These two exquisite short operas depict the relationships between parents and children, the play between the outside world and internal life, and the power of the imagination. Expect an evening of wonder and mystical storytelling, full of theatrical and musical magic.
Iolanta, Tchaikovsky’s last opera, originally written to be paired with The Nutcracker, is a fairytale of a blind princess kept in a secluded secret garden by her father, protected from the terrors of the outside world. In this sterilised environment, ignorant of her condition, she is prevented from living a normal life – but perhaps there is a way to set her free.
Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, with a libretto by Colette, centres on a rebellious child who refuses to do his homework. When scolded by his mother, he lashes out at all his toys and pets, and even the characters in his book. Then, as he escapes to the garden, the animals and all of nature turn on him, until he encounters a wounded animal and a chance for salvation.
Iolanta Samantha Quillish (18, 21) / Clare Tunney (19, 22)Brigitta Emilie Cavallo / Hazel NeighbourLaura Yuki Akimoto / Frances GregoryMarta Leila Zanette / Stephanie Wake-EdwardsVaudémont Shengzhi Ren / Robert ForrestAlméric Peter Harris / Joseph BuckmasterRobert Sung Kyu Choir / Paul Grantibn-Hakia Darwin Prakash / Robert GarlandBertrand Nial Anderson / Meilir JonesKing René Thomas Bennett / Ossian Huskinson
Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges
L’enfant Olivia Warbuton (18, 19, 21, 22)La Princesse / La Chauve-Souris Alexandra OomensLe Feu / Le Rossignol Lina DambrauskaiteLa Théière / La Rainette / Le Petit Vieillard Ryan WilliamsMaman Tabitha ReynoldsLa Tasse Chinoise / La Libellule Hannah PoulsomLa Bergère / La Chouette Aimée FiskLa Chatte / L'Écureuil Gabriele KupsyteL'horloge Camtoise / Le Chat James GeidtLe Fauteuil / Un Arbre William Pate