L’enfant et les sortilèges | Ravel
Ravel’s darkly brilliant opera sets Colette’s magical words to an extraordinary, bewitching musical score to create a haunting lyric fantasy.
A naughty child assaults everything in his room (including the cat) after he is told off by his mother for not doing his homework. Gradually, the objects – furniture, clocks, crockery – come to life around him.
Out in the garden, events take an even more disturbing turn, when all the trees and animals rebuke him for the injuries he has done them in the past. Can the child redeem himself?
Colette’s text celebrates the wonders of childhood, but doesn’t shy away from its tensions and anxieties. Ravel’s music is eclectic in its influences, yet sewn together by a master craftsman to create a seamless whole. Together, words and music create a work that is enchanting, amusing, and, in its final moments, deeply touching.
Running time: Approximately 45 minutes. Sung in French with English titles
Tickets: £10 - £30, children just £5! (max 2 per adult ticket)
Excluded from Create Your Own Package discount.
Schools' performance - Thursday 9 November, 12noon (contact Group Sales for more info and to book on 08448 11 21 22).
The Child - Wallis Giunta
His mother / Chinese cup / Squirrel - Ann Taylor
Fire / Nightingale / Princess - Fflur Wyn
Grandather Clock / Tom Cat - Quirijn de Lang
Armchair / Tree - John Savournin
Tea Pot / Tree Frog / Arithmetic - John Graham-Hall
Louis XV Chair / Female Cat / Owl - Katie Bray
Conductor - to be announced
Director - Annabel Arden
Set Designer - Charles Edwards
Costume Designer - Hannah Clark
Lighting Designer - Charles Edwards
Choreographer - Theo Clinkard
On sale schedule
Create Your Own Package (Aut '17 & Spr '18 Opera North seasons apply)
Existing subscribers & Friends of the Theatre Royal & Opera North - Mon 27 Feb '17
Advantage members: Mon 6 Mar '17
New bookers: Thu 9 Mar '17
: this performance is excluded
from Create Your Own Package discouht.
Single opera tickets
Friends of the Theatre Royal/Opera North - Mon 13 Mar '17
Advantage members, groups and schools: Wed 15 Mar '17
Public & online booking: Fri 17 Mar '17
Under 18s: 50% off excluding gallery (when accompanied by a full paying adult - up to 4 per adult)
Under 30s £10