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"a breathtaking combination of rawness and gentleness" ***** The Stage
***** The Guardian
“Tomáš Hanus, a native of Janáček’s home town Brno, must have the truth of this opera in his blood and bones, if you are serious about opera, it’s unmissable.” ***** The Telegraph
"The orchestra’s playing is quite simply superb.” **** The Arts Desk
Set in a claustrophobic Siberian prison, David Pountney’s production of From the House of the Dead is a compelling collage of the in-mates’ 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 the prisoners painstakingly nurse back to health, a symbol of Russia but also of freedom itself.
Janáček based both the music and the libretto on the semi-autobiographical recollections of Russian writer Dostoyevsky, who himself only survived the firing squad as a result of a last minute reprieve from the Tsar. 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 Tomáš Hanus.
Co-production with Scottish Opera
Supported by WNO Friends
Part of R17
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The Russian Revolution Season is supported by WNO Partners
Goryanchikov Ben McAteer
Filka Morozov Mark Le Brocq
Big Convict Paul Charles Clarke
Small Convict Quentin Hayes
Commandant Robert Hayward
Skuratov Alan Oke
Shapkin Adrian Thompson
Shishkov Simon Bailey
Don Juan Julian Close
Conductor Tomáš Hanus