A reworked production of an opera about Jack the Ripper will feature as part of Opera North’s new season.
Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel, which was originally co-produced as The Women of Whitechapel with English National Opera, will feature a re-worked score for its run at the venue. The cast will include Elin Pritchard and Josephine Barstow reprising their roles as Mary Kelly and Maud, with Lesley Garrett as Catherine Eddowes.
The season will open with a revival of La Traviata, playing from September 19. It will be directed by Alessandro Talevi with design by Madeleine Boyd, and will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Phoenix Dance Company will collaborate with Opera North with West Side Story Symphonic Dances, choreographed by Aletta Collins, which is presented in a double bill of Leonard Bernstein’s work, alongside Trouble in Tahiti. Both pieces will be conducted by Jonathan Heyward, who makes his Opera North debut.
A new production of Handel’s Alcina will be the organisation’s first main stage production to be created from fully recycled and second-hand sources, and will run from February 2, 2021.
A new concert staging of Parsifal will be led by Toby Spence, making his debut at the venue, and conducted by Opera North’s former music director Richard Farnes.
Opera North general director Richard Mantle said: “This new season of work, including five new productions, exemplifies the astonishing breadth of Opera North’s artistic programme, from collaborating with Phoenix Dance Theatre on the world premiere of Aletta Collins’ West Side Story Symphonic Dances, to a sustainable production of Handel’s Alcina and an unmissable concert tour of Wagner’s last masterpiece, Parsifal.”
“We pride ourselves on our ensemble ethos, our adventurous, risk-taking spirit, and the quality of the artistic experiences we produce, and also on the depth of the welcome we offer to everyone, whether audience member, participant or artist, ” he added.