Isabeau

Pietro Mascagni

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14, 18, 20*, 26*, 28 July at 7.30pm

*Concession prices are available on these selected dates.

Blue £76, Red £70, Green £59, Yellow £50, Pink £20

General booking opens on 12 February. For full details, including priority booking periods, click here.

 

Determined to find a husband for his beautiful daughter, Isabeau, King Raimondo organises a ‘Tournament of Love’ in her honour. Knights from around the country assemble to demonstrate their affection for the young Princess. But, to the King’s dismay, Isabeau refuses to choose a suitor.

As punishment the King forces Isabeau to ride naked on horseback through the town. While the people refuse to look, Folco, the King’s falconer, accidentally glimpses her and is arrested. Visiting Folco in prison, Isabeau falls in love with him, a passion which is doomed.

Written to a libretto by Luigi Illica, Mascagni’s collaborator on Iris, this adaptation of the medieval legend of Lady Godiva fuses the suspense and violence of Cavalleria Rusticana with delirious Wagnerian harmonies and an Intermezzo rich with the sound of bells.

 

Cast and Creatives

Conductor Francesco Cilluffo
Director Martin Lloyd-Evens
Designer takis
Isabeau Anne Sophie Duprels
King Raimonda Mikhail Svetlov
Folco David Butt Philip
Cornelius George von Bergen
Ermyntrude Nadine Benjamin
Ermyngarde Joanna Marie Skillett
Giglietta Fiona Kimm
Il cavalier Faidit Oliver Brignall
L’araldo maggiore Thomas Humphreys
Joshua LaRock
For many years OHP has commissioned artists to create images to represent the season's operas. The images are not representations of the productions, but the artist’s interpretations.This year's images were designed by Joshua LaRock.

Joshua LaRock is internationally recognised as a preeminent figurative artist. After receiving a baccalaureate degree in Music Business, LaRock found himself compelled to explore a completely different vocation as an artist in the realm of painting. He attended the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City and later formed an essential part of their teaching program, dedicating seven years as a core instructor.

LaRock's exquisite paintings are an ode to the past while being filtered through a contemporary life - his point of reference. This makes his emotive figure compositions memorable and potent, his commissioned portraiture powerful and gives his narrative pieces an eerily present feeling. Even when referencing Bouguereau or one of the great compositions of the past, LaRock imbues a shade of the timeless, drawing the viewer deeper into his personal interpretation of how the world ought to be. A striking painting of the artist’s wife, Laura in Black, was exhibited last year at the National Portrait Gallery, London as part of the 2016 BP Portrait Award.

www.joshualarock.com