Jonathan Dove’s family chamber opera Swanhunter returns in a new production in Spring 2015, co-produced by Opera North and The Wrong Crowd.
This darkly magical folk story, composed by Dove with a libretto by Alastair Middleton, the team behind Opera North’s hugely successful The Adventures of Pinocchio, Swanhunter is a celebration of the power of song, designed specifically for a family audience – for adults just as much as for children. It is brought to life through the inventive fusion of opera, puppetry and live action, directed by Hannah Mulder with design and puppet direction by Rachael Canning.
Lemminkäinen is determined to travel to the icy north in search of a bride, against his mother’s wishes. There, impossible tasks await him: he must face the Devil’s Elk, the Swan on Death’s River – and in the shadows, an unseen danger lurks.
A cast of six singers, including mezzo soprano Ann Taylor as Mother and tenor Adrian Dwyer as Lemminkäinen, perform with a six piece band conducted by Justin Doyle, in Dove's Nordic folk-inspired score for horn, percussion, accordion, harp, violin and double bass.
Swanhunter opens at Easter 2015 in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, and transfers to the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North in Leeds ahead of further tour dates in England. For more information and to book, click here.
Image by Mike Cranston