Based on the real-life assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, director Adam Spreadbury-Maher follows up his hugely successful East Berlin Tosca with a version of Verdi’s political thriller set in a famous Swedish homeware store.

Verdi’s original Swedish version was considered too politically inflammatory, and so had to be re-written to give the characters Italian identities. OperaUpClose’s production will combine the Italian characters with a distinctly Swedish flavour, served up in the unmistakably English setting of an out-of-town shopping centre on the North Circular Road.

The cast includes our much-praised Tosca, Becca Marriott, as Amelia, and Edward Hughes (Cavaradossi in Tosca and Rodolfo in La Boheme) as Riccardo, with rising Swedish contralto Emelie Joenniemi joining us as the astrologer Ulrica.

Performed in English

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