Opera Double Bill: Respighi

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Opera Double Bill artwork: The Day Dream by Rossetti (1828 – 82) © Bridgeman Art Library
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Booking required | In-person
£30 (£15 concessions) + booking fee
Silk Street Theatre

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Maria egiziaca 

La bella dormente nel bosco

by Respighi

The life stories of two eponymous female heroes are explored in this double bill of captivating operatic works by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, directed by Victoria Newlyn and conducted by Dominic Wheeler.

Maria egiziaca charts the decades-long spiritual journey of the third-century Christian saint Mary, weaving references to the ancient traditions of her time into the opera’s musical language. First performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1931, it was originally intended as a ‘concert triptych’, but this production offers the rare opportunity to see it fully staged.

A more famous tale, La bella dormente nel bosco is Respighi’s take on Sleeping Beauty, with a sparkling score and imaginative array of human, animal and supernatural characters. The opera comes to the Silk Street Theatre stage three years after an innovative digital version was presented by Guildhall School during the pandemic lockdown.

Sung in Italian with English Subtitles.

Please note that this production contains adult content. Flashing lights and haze will be used.

Estimated running time 2 hours 40 minutes (including a 20 minute interval).

Image above: The Day Dream by Rossetti (1828–82) © Bridgeman Art Library

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Venue information

Silk Street Theatre, Music Hall and Lecture Recital Room are located in the main Guildhall School building on Silk Street and for Barbican produced events the venue can also be accessed from the Barbican if you exit via the doors next to Barbican Kitchen on Level G. 

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