English Touring Opera bring a season full of the temptations of the big city to Cornwall this spring with new productions of two landmark operas.
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Manon Lescaut was Puccini’s first great success, portraying the flaring of love in a dramatic and musical triumph.
Manon’s life has taken a dramatic turn – bound for a convent, she escapes into a whirlwind romance with the young student Des Grieux. When he can’t provide the life she wants, she leaves him for the rich and powerful Geronte. But wealth and luxury never can’t replace the passion she shared with her lost first love.
Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress
Igor Stravinsky’s brilliantly inventive opera is a masterful blend of farce and tragedy, and a powerful depiction of a young man’s fall.
Tom Rakewell leaves his quiet country life and his love Anne behind when the charming and sinister Nick Shadow offers him a bright new start in London. But Shadow’s promises aren’t all they seem, and Tom soon finds out that the devil makes work for idle hands.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes, including interval
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