The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi

Stravinsky / Puccini

16 Feb - 22 Mar 2019

Dates & venues

An exciting collision of dance and opera

The Rite of Spring
A co-production with Phoenix Dance Theatre

The 1913 premiere of The Rite of Spring almost caused a riot as unconventional choreography and shockingly dissonant music provoked anger from the Parisian audience. Stravinsky wrote in a letter home that ‘things got as far as fighting’. The ballet draws on Russian folklore to conjure up a world of ancestor worship and ritual sacrifice. At its epic climax, one of the victims dances themselves to death, finally killed by a single chord. Phoenix Dance Theatre delivers a fresh interpretation accompanied by the acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North and conducted by Garry Walker.

Gianni Schicchi

This bitterly sardonic comedy is played out around the death-bed of a rich man where scheming relatives vie for a chunk of his fortune. They turn to the cunning Schicchi for help but will he double-cross them? Puccini’s comic mini masterpiece is based on an episode in Dante’s Inferno and is rich with vivid characterisation and colourful music. Christopher Alden’s wickedly satirical production frames the action in the early Renaissance and the chic modern Italian costumes are a sly nod to the ageless themes of greed and avarice which Puccini exploits to brilliantly farcical effect.

From £15 - £75*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal Newcastle
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes

Additional Information
Gianni Schicchi is sung in Italian with English titles

*Prices vary by venue. Booking fees may apply.

Gianni Schicchi Cast

Richard Burkhard

Gianni Schicchi

Tereza Gevorgyan


Diego Silva


Victoria Sharp


Claire Pascoe

La Ciesca

Rebecca de Pont Davies


Aled Hall


Peter Savidge


Stephen Richardson


Tim Claydon


Gianni Schicchi Creative team

Garry Walker


Christopher Alden


Charles Edwards

Set Designer

Doey Lüthi

Costume Designer

Adam Silverman

Lighting Designer

Tim Claydon


What the critics said...

“Quite brilliant, and one of the funniest, cleverest things you’ll see in an opera house.”

★★★★ —  The Arts Desk (2015)

“This staging plunders the opera’s absurdist qualities to witty and triumphant end…the entire ensemble shines…”

★★★★ — The Observer (2015)

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