The best opera in October, from Wales to the West Endby Prospect Team / September 12, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in October 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Trouble in Tahiti/Osud or Trial by Jury
Opera North, from 11th October
The enterprising Opera North continues its season of Little Greats with a trio of short operas in sparkling new productions. Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, a skewering of a suburban marriage, was written while he was on his honeymoon and punches well above its weight. This is accompanied by either Janácek’s semi-autobiographical Osud (Destiny), a model of compression which tells of a composer and his lover across 15 years. Completing the trio is Gilbert & Sullivan’s first operetta, Trial by Jury, an absurd tale of a woman who takes her fiancé to court for jilting her, only to find that every member of the jury and the bench fall for her.