Welsh National Opera – Death In Venice live at Bristol Hippodrome on Saturday 27th April 2024.
Would you pursue love for inspiration?
An opera for the bookworms, Britten’s Death in Venice is based on a novella by German author, Thomas Mann. Dark and atmospheric, this is the tale of an author who falls in love with a youthful aristocrat. Toying with themes of obsession and desire, it’s perfect for any gothic romance lovers. As if the captivating storyline wasn’t enough, Britten’s score is haunting and dramatic, underscoring everything that unfolds on stage. Just like our main character, Gustav, we’re obsessed.
In the search for beauty and meaning, the renowned author Gustav von Aschenbach travels to Venice on a whim. In the sultry atmosphere of a cholera epidemic, with the scirocco blowing, he falls in love with Tadzio, a youthful aristocrat who is staying in the same hotel with his family. As Aschenbach projects his loneliness and desire on him, fantasy and imagination intermingle with existence. His obsession progresses to a fever pitch as he becomes increasingly divorced from reality.
Inspired by the original Thomas Mann novella, Britten’s magnificently atmospheric opera comes to life in this new production from WNO, creating images of ravishing beauty, as well as exploring the grotesque hidden beneath the search for the sublime. As poetic worlds of the imagination collide with reality, the early 20th century acts as a mirror to our times.
Sung in English, with English subtitles
Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes incl. interval
Sat at 19:30
Welsh National Opera – Death In Venice is at Bristol Hippodrome on Saturday 27th April, 2024.
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