The Flying Dutchman: After the Great Crash of 1929, Daland, captain of one of the last of the clippers, is forced by stormy weather to seek a port of refuge near Sandvik in southern Norway. There he encounters a tall pale man dressed in black, who is interested to learn that Daland has an unmarried daughter …
It is a tradition in Mexico to play Jose Zorilla’s19th-century theatrical version of Don Giovanni (Don Juan Tenorio) every year on the Day of the Dead, when graveyard picnics are held to honor the spirits of the ancestors. (Christoper Cowell)
Theodora, a nobly-born Christian and her friend Irene are worshiping with their fellow believers in private rather than joining in the festival for the emperor’s birthday. A messenger brings news of the Roman governor’s decree for citizens to offer sacrifice to Venus, on pain of death.
Iolanta lives in a beautiful enclosed garden on the King’s secluded estate. Looked after by her caring attendants she is unaware that she is a princess or that she does not have the sense of sight.
Mavra: Parasha is in love with Vassili, but they are finding it difficult to meet. Her mother is struggling to find a replacement for the maid, Thecla, who has died. Then Parasha has a brainwave.
The Magic Flute: A young prince arrives in a strange land.
“May Night or the Drowned Maiden” by Gogol was the inspiration for this comic opera by Rimsky Korsakov. The architecture of Ambika P3 provided the stimulus for the creation of a 1930’s Stalinist vodka distillery, haunted by the rusalki, emerging from mash tun and still.
The Marriage of Figaro set in the Hollywood of the 1930’s. The Count is an actor and owner of Beaumarchais Studios and The Countess is the studio’s big star. Lights! Action! Glamour! And intrigue, on set, and off.
Don Giovanni loves the atmosphere and oportunities of Las Vegas. He is young, rich and has abused and outraged many of those around him. He then encounters something he cannot fight or outwit.
The Barber of Seville: Rosina is the young ward of the elderly and rather grumpy Doctor Bartolo, an avid collector of butterflies and all things beautiful. Count Almaviva, masquerading as Lindoro and helped by Figaro, is keen to thwart the old man’s plans and make Rosina love him. In this production many of the characters seem more than just human.
Semele does not want to marry Athamus. She is an ambitious young woman with her sights set on a Bigger Prize.