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    The Welsh National Opera present Sweeney Todd

    The tale of Sweeney Todd is known throughout the world, immortalised in the haunting and magnificent music of Stephen Sondheim. Whether you have seen this captivating story on stage or in Tim Burton’s big screen interpretation, the infamous barber of Fleet Street is back at the Liverpool Empire this November.

     

    Captured in a fresh production by the Welsh National Opera, the action has moved from the 19th century and has transported to the late 70’s/early 1980’s - this is Sweeney Todd as you have never seen it before. With themes of love, loss and social injustice surging through the songs and the words, the Welsh National Opera’s stunning interpretation is one of the must-see productions of 2015.

     

    WNO Artistic Director David Pountney says: “The paradox of music is that it is a highly rational means of expression, much more logically organised than the language of speech for instance, and yet it is at the same time the supreme means of expressing all kinds of extreme emotional states.  Among these, madness has been a constant inspiration to composers eager to test the ability of music to penetrate the most radical states of mental disorder.  Our season presents a fascinatingly wide range of musical expression dedicated to this phenomenon including the raw craziness of Sondheim’s gruesome barber.”

     

    Bringing this magnificent tale to life is the WNO Orchestra and Chorus, along with a cast including German baritone David Arnsperger as Sweeney Todd and Scottish soprano Janis Kelly as Mrs Lovett.  Produced in conjunction with the Welsh National Opera, Wales Millennium Centre and West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with Royal Exchange Theatre, this is the chance of a lifetime to see one of the world’s most incredible operas onstage in a revolutionary rendition of the tale.

     

    The Welsh National Opera: Sweeney Todd will be at the Liverpool Empire Theatre from Friday 13th November – Saturday 14th November 2015.

    To find out more and to book tickets please visit the Liverpool Empire box office or call 0844 871 3017

    www.atgtickets.com/Liverpool

     

    Photographs (C) Johann Persson

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