- Opening Night:
Set in a claustrophobic Siberian prison, David Pountney’s production is a collage of inmates’ stories as they recount why they ended up in jail. During a time of political oppression, each individual tale explores the extremes a person will go to, to right a wrong.
A glimmer of hope takes the form of a great eagle that prisoners painstakingly nurse back to health, a symbol of Russia but also of freedom itself. Janacek based both the music and the libretto on the recollections of Russian writer Dostoyevsky. On stage we’re following the story of a number of characters through an ensemble cast and chorus, but the true protagonist is the WNO Orchestra, conducted by WNO’s new Music Director Tomas Hanus.
- Performance Times: 19:30
- Notes: Sung in English with surtitles in English