Wed 29th Nov at 7:30pm
From The House Of The Dead
@ New Theatre Oxford, Oxford
Featuring: Welsh National Opera
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From The House Of The Dead: Welsh National Opera
Set in a claustrophobic Siberian prison, David Pountney’s production of From the House of the Dead is a compelling collage of the in-mates’ stories as they recount why they ended up in jail.
During a time of political oppression, each individual tale explores the extremes a person will go to, to right a wrong. A glimmer of hope takes the form of a great eagle that the prisoners painstakingly nurse back to health, a symbol of Russia but also of freedom itself.
Janá?ek based both the music and the libretto on the semi-autobiographical recollections of Russian writer Dostoyevsky, who himself only survived the firing squad as a result of a last minute reprieve from the Tsar. On stage we’re following the story of a number of characters through an ensemble cast and chorus, but the true protagonist is the WNO Orchestra, conducted by WNO’s new Music Director Tomáš Hanus.
Performed in the new critical edition by John Tyrrell with performance suggestions by Charles Mackerras.
Sung in English, with English and Welsh surtitles.
Founded in Cardiff in 1943, WNO exists to produce, perform and tour thrilling and entertaining world-class opera. The Company has always provided a mix of traditional and less-well-known operas, including those of Alban Berg, Richard Strauss, Leoš Janá?ek and Benjamin Britten.
The opera company consists of a professional orchestra (The Orchestra of Welsh National Opera) and a professional choir (The Chorus of Welsh National Opera. The orchestra and the choir often perform at St David's Hall in Cardiff and at other venues throughout Wales.
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Venue: New Theatre Oxford
Phone: 0844 871 7615
Disabled Bookings: 0800 912 6971
Seating Plan: View the Seating Plan
→ Oxford 8 min walk