The Minotaur

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The world premiere of a new work commissioned by The Royal Opera. Read More >

The world premiere of a new work commissioned by The Royal Opera brings to the stage a famous character of Greek myth. Part man, part beast, the Minotaur is trapped in a labyrinth and constrained by his violent role there, yet he longs to discover his own identity and his own voice. Among the innocents of a blood sacrifice Athens must pay to Crete is Theseus, who has come to challenge the violent Minotaur, but also attracts the attention of Ariadne – and it is her help that ensures his success in the labyrinth.

Sung in English with surtitles.


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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 15/04/2008

Closing Night: 03/05/2008

Running time: 3h

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Cast & Creative


John Tomlinson, Johan Reuter, Christine Rice, Andrew Watts, Rebecca Bottone, Pumeza Matshikiza, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Christopher Ainslie, Tim Mead


Director - Stephen Langridge

Designer - Alison Chitty

Choreographer - Philippe Giraudeau

Conductor - Antonio Pappano

Lyrics By - David Harsent

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