After a fantastic Spring season at ENO, we’re looking ahead to our Summer productions, which include Wagner’s epic masterpiece Tristan and Isolde, a revival of the ever-popular Madam Butterfly and an emotionally-arresting, award-winning production of Janacek’s Jenufa. And remember, there are 500 tickets for every performance prices at just £20 or less, so what are you waiting for?
Tristan and Isolde
By night, they share a perfect passion. But for Princess Isolde and her lover Tristan, every day is any agony of separation. Can they shrug off the bonds of honour and duty that keep them apart? Or is death their only hope of everlasting night?
This production of the epic Wagnerian drama brings together extraordinary talent. Director Daniel Kramer joins with former ENO Music Director, Edward Gardner, who conducts, as well as Heldentenor Stuart Skelton as Tristan, and American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton as Isolde. The groundbreaking set is designed by Anish Kapoor. Without a doubt, Tristan and Isolde will be an unmissable highlight of the summer.
Day after day, week after week, month after month, she waits for him. She knows that a love as perfect as hers, as pure and powerful, could never fail to bring him back, across the ocean. He will return. She is sure he will. One fine day.
Madam Butterfly is one of opera’s most enduring tales of unrequited love. With its breathtaking mix of cinematic images, traditional Japanese theatre, colourful costumes and stunning sets, Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning production has been hailed as ‘the most beautiful show of the year’ (Sunday Telegraph).
Loved by two half-brothers, Jenůfa is secretly pregnant by one of them. Concerned for the family’s reputation, her step-mother commits an unspeakable act in the hope that Jenůfa does not remain alone. But when a baby’s body is found on the wedding day, the devastating truth is revealed to all.
Directed by David Alden, ENO’s Olivier-Award winning staging updates the setting to an isolated 20th century industrial estate in the Eastern Bloc, giving the story a contemporary edge that makes it feel even more relevant for today’s audiences.