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Preview: Opera North at Newcastle Theatre Royal


Love, Jealousy And Revenge: Opera North Returns To Newcastle Theatre Royal


Opera North

Newcastle Theatre Royal

Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 March 2024 

Cavalleria rusticana Photo: Robert Workman

Experience captivating live performances and breathtaking artistry when Opera North visit Newcastle Theatre Royal. From Mozart’s comic look at love and fidelity in Così fan tutte to the destructive forces of obsession and jealousy in Cavalleria rusticana and Rachmaninov’s Aleko, Opera North promise to take audiences on a compelling journey through the human psyche, underpinned by some of opera’s most unforgettable scores.

The season opens with two short operas directed by Karolina Sofulak; the double bill pairs a revival of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana with a new production of rarely performed Aleko (Wednesday 13 & Friday 15 March). The two works are perfect companion pieces, both written when their composers were young and exploring (with devastating insight) the obsession and jealousy ignited by seeing a previous lover in the arms of another.

Cavalleria rusticana Photo: Robert Workman

Many of the cast take roles in both works, including Robert Hayward, who sings Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana and the title role in Aleko. Anne-Marie Owens, who is originally from South Shields, also returns to Opera North to take on roles in both productions. Harry Sever conducts.

Mozart’s much-loved opera Così fan tutte (Wednesday 14 & Saturday 16 March) sees two sisters being put to the test by their fiancés in disguise, thanks to an ill-advised bet to prove that neither woman will remain faithful if tempted. What follows is a light-hearted look at romance filled with seduction, revelations and surprises, accompanied by opera’s trademark breathtaking vocals and powerful music.

Cosi fan tutte Photo: Tristram Kenton

Tim Albery’s classic production, set in the 18th century Age of Reason, features Alexandra Lowe as Fiordiligi and Heather Lowe as Dorabella, with Anthony Gregory and Henry Neill as their duplicitous lovers Ferrando and Guglielmo. Clemens Schuldt makes his Opera North debut conducting the beguiling score, one of Mozart’s most breathtakingly beautiful works. 

Cosi fan tutte Photo: Tristram Kenton


Under 30s and students can experience the passion and drama of live performance for just £10, while newcomers to opera can enjoy some of the best seats in the house with two tickets for £20 each through the ‘Try it ON’ scheme.

Tickets and more information for all performances can be found by visiting or by calling the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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