The use and abuse of power drives operas by Puccini, Janacek and Wagner in Grange Park Opera's first season in its new home at West Horsley Place
In Puccini’s Tosca, Baron Scarpia, Police Chief of an authoritarian state, wants the glamorous Tosca and wants to be rid of her lover. He has all the power to make both things happen, but by the end of a long, tragic night who has actually won?
In his masterpiece Jenufa, Janacek observes the power exerted by a stepmother to determine the course of her stepdaughter’s life. Jenufa has fallen pregnant to a man who only loves her for her beauty. When that is damaged her stepmother takes dramatic and ultimately tragic action to control the situation.
Die Walküre is the second episode of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Wagner’s epic about the rise and collapse of the old order. Wotan, chief of the Gods, reluctantly exercises his powers of life and death over transgressive members of his family, unaware that a new grandson will eventually win the all-powerful ring from his enemy.
Bryn & Zen: In addition to these full-blooded operas Grange Park Opera will be providing a treat combining song and dance featuring their patron Sir Bryn Terfel and Zenaida Yanowsky, Principal Artist with the Royal Ballet.
The Grange Park Opera season opens in the new Theatre in the Woods at West Horsley Place on June 8 with Puccini’s Tosca and continues with Janáček’s Jenůfa (June 11) and Wagners Die Walküre (June 29). Bryn & Zen takes place on June 16.