Completing the fairy-tale season a production of the rarely performed The Snow Maiden will showcase at The Lowry.
Director John Fulljames has translated the classic Russian fairy-tale into a modern day tale. The Snow Maiden is the daughter of Grandfather Frost and Spring Beauty. Beautiful and warm, her beguiling exterior hides a tragic secret.
The tragic secret is her heart is made of ice. This ice will melt if she ever succumbs to the warmth of human love.
Rimsky-Korsakov wrote the tale during one of the happiest times in his life. He described The Snow Maiden as being ‘a spring fairy-tale’. From the tale an opera of sheer enchantment is created.
The tale is ‘graced’ with some of the composer’s most spontaneously lyrical music. He claimed that the score contains several authentic folk melodies.
This new production will make an inventive use of video imagery, blending and contrasting fantasy and modern-day worlds.
The adventurous staging is reflected in the casting. There is an exciting mix of Opera North regulars and talented newcomers.
Northern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly makes her Opera North debut as the Snow Maiden.
Bonaventura Bottone – who appeared at Opera North as Nick in The Girl of the Golden West – sings Tsar Berendey.
Following recent performances in The Ring, James Creswell and Yvonne Howard perform as Grandfather Frost and Spring Beauty.
The Snow Maiden will be showcased on 10 March at 7.00 pm.
TNT Arts and Culture