Opera North will be coming to The Lowry next month and is set to take the audience “on a compelling journey through the human psyche.”

The season opens on Wednesday 20 March with two short operas directed by Karolina Sofulak. The double bill, which will be repeated on Friday 22 March, pairs a revival of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana with a new production of Rachmaninov’s rarely performed Aleko.

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Così fan tutte/ Photo credit: James Glossop

Many of the cast take roles in both works, including Robert Hayward, who sings Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana and the title role in Aleko. Andrés Presno appears as Turiddù before the interval and Young Lover after, and Anne-Marie Owens returns to Opera North to take on the roles of Lucia in Cavalleria rusticana and A Woman in Aleko. Antony Hermus will conduct this production.

Comedy is the order of the day on Thursday 21 and Saturday 23 March when Così fan tutte returns to the stage. Mozart’s opera sees two sisters being put to the test by their fiancés in disguise, thanks to an ill-advised bet that neither woman will remain faithful if tempted.

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Così fan tutte/ Photo credit: James Glossop

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.”

All performances start at 7pm, with English subtitles at every show to ensure audiences can follow the plots with ease.

Following its run in Salford, Così fan tutte will tour to Hull New Theatre.

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