Usher House Getty
La Chute de la Maison Usher Debussy
Completion by Robert Orledge
British première of new version
Dare you enter the House of Usher? It’s a dark, mysterious place, seemingly with a mind of its own. In their one act operas Claude Debussy and Gordon Getty bring Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre tale to the operatic stage.
Both operas cast a magnificently oppressive spell of menace and unease. Opera is rarely associated with the chills of the horror genre but this double bill achieves the nerve shredding effect of the best horror films.
Step inside the House of Usher but look out behind you.
'What a thrill to have some new Debussy to explore and to discover the new sounds, rhythms and experiences of a brand new work by Gordon Getty.
Refreshing, challenging and exciting.'
Leader, WNO Orchestra
Conductor Lawrence Foster
Director David Pountney
Designer Niki Turner
Video Designer David Haneke
Location Shoot Director's Assistant Assaf Zakay
Usher House cast includes
Roderick Usher Benjamin Bevan
Madeline Usher Anna Gorbachyova
Edgar Allan Poe Jason Bridges
Doctor Primus Kevin Short
La Chute de la Maison Usher cast includes
Roderick Usher Robert Hayward
Lady Madeline Anna Gorbachyova
All performances start at 8pm except 15 June at 4pm
Running time approximately 2 hours with one interval
La Chute de la Maison Usher is sung in French with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff)
Usher House is sung in English with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff)
Usher House is a co-production with San Francisco Opera