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Getting to Grips with Jenůfa

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As Opera North’s current production of Jenůfa embarks on tour this November, the Company is also taking the opera off the stage and inviting people to attend special interactive performances to find out more about one of 20th century opera’s most compelling works.

An hour-long interactive introduction to Jenůfa will take place at each of the three venues, especially for young people aged 14+ who might be new to opera, with additional sessions in Newcastle and Salford which are open to adults.

Set in a Moravian village, Jenůfa, an intense story of love, jealousy and sacrifice, is by turns harrowing, heart-wrenching and starkly tragic. It took composer Leoš Janáček 10 years to complete the opera before its premiere in 1904, and it remains one of the most performed operas today.

The workshops will explore the story and characters of Jenůfa, with participants advising actor Anthony Haddon and musician Sylvia Hallett on how they think the plot should develop. The participants are then invited to attend Opera North’s performance on the same day to discover how the opera really ends.

Introduction to Jenůfa: Interactive performances

For young people (aged 14+):

Newcastle - Studio Theatre, Theatre Royal
Wednesday 4 November, 4.30pm

Salford - Aldridge Studio 1, The Lowry, Salford Quays
Wednesday 11 November, 4.30pm

Nottingham - Len Maynard Suite, Theatre Royal
Wednesday 18 November, 4.30pm

Tickets for young people are £12 each, which includes the evening performance of Jenůfa, and these must be booked in advance by emailing education@operanorth.co.uk.

For adults:

Newcastle - Studio Theatre, Theatre Royal
Wednesday 4 November, 2.30pm

Salford - Aldridge Studio 1, The Lowry, Salford Quays
Wednesday 11 November, 2.30pm

Tickets for the adult introductory performances are £5 each, and can be booked here. Everyone who attends is very welcome to come along to the evening performance of Jenůfa on the same date. Adults will need to purchase their own tickets to the opera in the evening separately.

Photos: Richard H Smith

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