Jonathan Dove's brand new chamber opera Mansfield Park will receive its world premiere performances in July and August in a production by Heritage Opera which will tour the north-west of England. With a libretto by Alasdair Middleton, Mansfield Park takes as its subject one of Jane Austen’s novels, the story of Fanny Price, a Cinderella-like heroine, who quietly negotiates her way through the moral perils of early nineteenth century high society, from landscape gardening and amateur theatricals to balls and arranged marriages, before winning the hand of the man she has loved all her life.
Performances will be staged in stately homes, with the world premiere taking place on 30 July 2011 at the 'English Versailles' Boughton House in Northamptonshire. A tour of the north-west of England begins on 1 August at Towneley Hall, Burnley, Lancashire, followed by a further eight performances. Full details below.
Details: Opera in two acts, scored for ten soloists and piano, four hands. 1 hour 45 minutes. Premiere run - Heritage Opera Company, Michael McCaffrey (director) Chris Gill (conductor).
30 July 2011: Boughton House, Northants (Private performance - for further details contact 01536 515 731) 1 August 2011: Towneley Hall, Burnley 2 August 2011: Towneley Hall, Burnley 3 August 2011: Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire 5 August 2011: Lancaster Town Hall 6 August 2011: Temple Newsam, Leeds 7 August 2011: Haigh Hall, Wigan 9 August 2011: Hoghton Tower, Preston 10 August 2011: Thornton Manor, Wirral 11 August 2011: Skipton Town Hall