The Winter’s Tale tells the story of how, many years ago, King Leontes caused the death of his loyal wife Hermione and their young son, in the fit of a green-eyed fury. When all seems completely lost to the king, spring blossoms and Leontes stands in front of the statue of his queen, praying for a miracle to give him redemption.
The ENO’s new production of The Winter’s Tale is a rewritten version of Shakespeare’s classic that was originally published as part of the First Folio in 1623, offering unique blend of romance and comedy. Created by the English National Opera’s composer-in-residence Ryan Wigglesworth, The Winter’s Tale had its world premiere at the London Coliseum.
Ryan Wigglesworth is the multi-award winning composer and conductor who has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He has previously premiered works for acclaimed composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Elliott Cater and Olivier Knussen. His recent recordings of works by Birtwistle received great acclaim including awards from Gramophone, BBC Music, Time Out and the Sunday Times.
The Winter’s Tale was directed by Rory Kinnear. Kinnear brought his extensive experience of Shakespeare to help bring to life this new production, having starred in Othello, Hamlet, Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew across National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company productions. In 2013 Rory Kinnear won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.
This new production had a fantastic cast that includes a range of world famous singers who were shot to stardom during their time at the ENO, including Iain Paterson, Sophie Bevan and Leigh Melrose. They were also joined by former ENO favourite Anthony Gregory and the much loved mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley.
The Winter’s Tale was an exciting new operatic take on a timeless tale which was a must see for any opera fan as part of the ENO’s 2017 season at the London Coliseum. The all-star cast took to the stage on 27th February 2017 for the World Premiere, with performances having run until 14th March 2017.
Recommended forThe Winter’s Tale is perfect for any Shakespearean operatic fans. With the critically acclaimed Shakespearean actor Rory Kinnear directing, The Winter’s Tale is expected to give a beautiful and touching new way of looking at the timeless story.
Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for young children