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Iris Theatre announce new opera season

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS WINTER, Iris Theatre is teaming up with three emerging opera companies to present Puccini’s bittersweet tragedy Suor Angelica, a brand new one-act opera, The Invited, and one of classical literature’s greatest love stories, Eros and Psyche.

All three will be presented at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, speaking of which Artistic Director Daniel Winder said: “I can’t think of a better location for these three operas all exploring extraordinary meetings between the divine and profane.”

Suor Angelica, presented by Giornata Opera in association with Iris Theatre, will be performed on October 14, 16 and 18 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £18/£14.

Sister Angelica, once a Florentine noblewoman, lives in a secluded convent, banished there as punishment for a youthful indiscretion. One day a grand carriage arrives at the convent, bearing a message that will shatter Angelica’s peace, and bring about a miracle.

Featuring a cast of young, emerging musical talent and set against the atmospheric interior of the famous Actor’s Church, Suor Angelica is a tale of motherly love, pious devotion and, ultimately, great sacrifice.

The Invited, presented by The Opera Room in association with Iris Theatre, will be performed on November 14 and 15 at 8pm. Tickets: £18/£14.

Set in the early stages of the First World War, The Invited is a Gothic tale involving two sisters from a wealthy family who have been left alone and isolated in the family house in Suffolk.

News on the carnage of the war has started to seep back home and Violet appears to have gone mad, claiming Zeus has impregnated her and that Greek gods are returning to the earth to cleanse it of man’s failures. Emily is rational, rooted in science and so refuses to believe her. However both of them have seen strange figures in the trees.

Eros and Psyche: An Evening of Operatic Love Stories, presented by Eclectic Opera in association with Iris Theatre, will be performed on November 18 and 20, 2013. Tickets: £15/£12.

Opening with a collection of opera’s greatest classic love songs, the main piece of the evening will be Eros and Psyche, a brand new opera fresh from the Grimeborn Festival, directed by Iris Theatre’s Artistic Director Daniel Winder.

The opera is based on the old Greek characters of Eros (Cupid) and Psyche (his wife), set in the 1950’s long after the original myth finishes. This new piece explores the timeless theme of love; from early infatuation, to the thrill of forbidden love, to the humdrum abiding love that grows between two people who chose to spend a lifetime together.

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