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Masque of Might

Opera North / PURCELL


New to Opera, Under 30s and package discounts available
Evenings: 7pm
Running time: 2hrs 30mins (including interval)
Sung in English with English titles

Don’t miss the world premiere of a witty new opera.
Sir David Pountney skilfully assembles Henry Purcell’s music to create a fantastical tale of power and the demise of the planet.

Brace yourself as a tyrannical climate-denying ruler unleashes chaos on the planet until an eco-warrior arrives to save the day. But can nature fight back?

Inspired by the ‘masque’ (the 17th century equivalent of a variety show!) expect a unique performance of song, dance and spectacle. Taking place on a repurposed set, featuring re-used costumes and props, this recycled opera is the star of Opera North’s Green Season.

Masque of Might brings together Purcell’s beautiful and rarely heard music – including the spellbinding ‘O let me weep’ from The Fairy Queen, ‘Dance of the Winds’ from The Tempest, and ‘The Earth Trembled’ from Purcell’s sacred music.

Music by Henry Purcell Libretto assembled and adapted by Sir David Pountney
Part of Opera North’s Green Season.

There is a pre-show talk before this performance – tickets are free but must be pre-booked.

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Book three operas and save 10%; four operas and save 12.5% or book all five new season operas and save 15%!   Contact the Box Office to book. T&Cs apply. Only available in price bands 1-5 including superseats.


‘Musically, the evening is sublime’

The Reviews Hub


‘David Pountney’s ingenious new fable’

The Telegraph




‘Purcell with a punch’

The Times

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