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Opera North to stage festival of short works in 2017/18 season

Opera North's Ring cycle, which will be streamed online
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Opera North is to stage a festival of six short operas including Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti.

The plans are part of the company’s 2017/18 season, which will also see its production of Wagner’s Ring cycle streamed for free online.

The Little Greats, comprising six one-act works, will be performed by a single company across all pieces and will celebrate a variety of operas from 19th century works to Bernstein’s 1952 Trouble in Tahiti that draws on jazz and musical theatre.

Also featured will be Pagliacci by Leoncavallo, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Osud by Janacek.

They will be performed in the autumn at Opera North’s home in Leeds as well as on tour to venues including Hull New Theatre, Theatre Royal Nottingham, Theatre Royal Newcastle and the Lowry in Salford.

Opera North general director Richard Mantle said: “What better way to start the new season than with a festival which really does demonstrate the diversity of operatic style, and the indomitable company spirit which is at the heart of everything we do.”

The 2017/18 season also includes revivals of Madama Butterfly and Don Giovanni, and the company’s first ever production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, directed by Tim Albery.

Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd will also be performed by the company in June as part of the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival.

Next month, Opera North’s production of Wagner’s Ring cycle will available to view online via BBC Arts.

All four complete operas that make up the cycle will be avialable on BBC iPlayer, while BBC Arts Online will stream the cycle in 10 episodes.

Filmed over a week in May 2016, the online versions were commissioned by the Space.

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