Attended by a roguish demon and a guardian angel, the female Pope has died. She now wants nothing less than a cosy retirement in paradise, but Someone has other ideas and the lift going upwards gets stuck. It's a Day of Wrath! Will Pietro, the Caretaker, be able to fix it? What is it that he knows? Accompanied by piano duet and a choir of heavenly voices, this is a surreal comedy that confronts love and death and grand opera all at the same time.
The Duchess of Padua
a parlour opera in four acts
after the play by Oscar Wilde
Performances planned forJanuary/February 2021
have been postponed
A Gothic drama of revenge, passion and murder turned into a ‘parlour opera’…
In this early play by Wilde, the beauty of his verse mattered more than the realistic portrayal of character and the credibility of the drama. At times melodramatic, at times sentimental, with everything in between, this adaptation faithfully follows the twists and turns of Wilde's extraordinary plot and reveals it to be more modern than it seems. Designed to make a big impact in small spaces this is a grand, ‘Italian-style’ opera with arias, ensembles, a love-duet, and a death scene condensed for just four voices and piano duet.
The performance lasts about 1 hour 40 minutes including interval
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