Picture this – craft beer, an incredible dinner and two short, snappy shows, all in one night.
Opera North have outdone themselves this season. They’re producing a season of six incredible operas that will run alongside one another, so you can create the perfect combination. Want a mafia-style tale of love and jealousy with a ludicrous courtroom drama? No problem. Prefer saucy teapots and singing cats with a side of chaos and violence? They’ve got that too. But before you get too attached to all their other fabulous shows, let us tell you what we’re giving away…
See Osud and Trouble in Tahiti, all in one night
If you’re our lucky winner, you’ll be there on opening night for an incredible double bill. They’re showing two very different operas on Wednesday 11th October 2017, which means you can dip your toe in the water and find out exactly what you like.
You’ll start with Osud, an unfinished opera about an unfinished opera. This is a fabulous little piece of theatre, exploring the depths of memory, as you follow the heartbreaking story of composer Živný and his lover Míla. Their rollercoaster love affair is set to a phenomenal score that’s reminiscent of Herrmann’s work for Hitchcock – it’s edgy, abstract and not at all what you’d expect from the opera.
Next up is Trouble in Tahiti, a satire of the American Dream, it’s got jazz, it’s got Broadway, it’s got all the beautiful dresses and pop culture you’d expect from the 1950s – but all is not right. The first operetta from Leonard Bernstein, the man who went on to create the famous West Side Story, Trouble in Tahiti pulls apart the perfect lives of Dinah and Sam, revealing the cracks that lie beneath.
Check out the oh-so creative menu in The Brunswick’s dining room
Before the show, treat yourself to dinner at one of the city’s most beloved independents. The Brunswick is a fantastic little bar, tucked away on North Street, and while they may be most famous for their selection of Yorkshire beer, they also have a menu of surprisingly creative dishes for you to tuck into. What will it be – squid ink linguine with confit egg yolk and chilli, lamb rump with courgette puree, red vein sorrel and créme fraîche or warm puy lentil salad with poached artichoke and vinaigrette? You’ve got £100 to spend, so get stuck in.
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