Fantasy and SF on stage
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Author:  Roy [ Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Fantasy and SF on stage

The Signalman & other ghost stories from the minds of Charles Dickens & M R James is halfway through its tour but does't get south of Manchester now.

Finnish mythology's Kalevala has been plundered in SF and fantasy and now in an opera.

Talented duo, composer Jonathan Dove and librettist Alasdair Middleton, who brought the hugely popular The Adventures of Pinocchio to Opera North in 2007, now bring this short, small-scale opera, Swanhunter, an energetically enticing tale based on Finnish mythology.
Against his mother’s wishes, the determined hero Lemminkäinen travels North to find a bride. Along the way he is met by challenges and quests that will delight and enthral audiences and show that a mother’s love conquers all, even death.
Swanhunter will premiere in the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, before touring to smaller venues across the North of England in conjunction with a committed education programme with local schools, run by Opera North’s highly acclaimed education department.

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