OperaUpClose opens the 2014 season with a double bill of Purcell's exquisite 17th century tragedy and the UK premiere of a Polish 21st century social satire.
Dido & Aeneas tells the story of a powerful female leader undone by her love for the young hero Aeneas. "Great fun and beautifully sung" TIME OUT "Exuberant charm" TELEGRAPH
Katarzyna Brochocka's Young Wife is a gift of a role for solo soprano, accompanied by piano, portraying the pressures and pettiness of a stifling arranged marriage with biting wit. "a tour de force" TIME OUT "intense performance and well-focused direction" METRO
"A bold, beautiful and inclusive evening - there's nothing quite like it in town.” BROADWAY WORLD
Click here to watch the trailer 19 February - 29 March
In her new one-woman show using the writings of the woman President Truman called 'The First Lady of the World', Alison Skilbeck explores the public, and hidden life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century.
Alistair Sutherland and Horacio López perform a programme of Tchaikovsky songs interspersed with readings from his letters, to highlight the irony of Russia’s pride in their great composer, coupled with the country’s recent anti-gay legislation and the rise of homophobic hate crimes.
Carl Djerassi's ingenious psycho-sexual thriller of betrayal and revenge takes us into the lives of some of the greatest celebrity thinkers of our time to expose the uneasy relationship between genius and hypocrisy in us all.