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Opera North: L'enfant et les sortilèges

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L’enfant et les sortilèges | Ravel 

The child and the magic spells, a bewitching childhood fantasy

A naughty child assaults everything in his room after he is told off by his mother for not doing his homework. Gradually, the objects around him – furniture, clocks, crockery – come to life. Out in the garden, events take an even more disturbing turn when all the trees and animals rebuke him for the injuries he has done them in the past. Can the child redeem himself?

With colourful characters including a pair of singing cats, a teapot and china cup duo, a talking armchair, a tree-frog and a squirrel, Colette’s magical words are set by Ravel to a spellbinding musical score. This darkly brilliant opera celebrates the mysteries of childhood and will amuse and enchant adults and children alike.

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Running time       46 minutes
Language                Sung in French with English titles

Part of The Little Greats: Short operas. Huge emotions.

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Family Workshop, 11.30am – 1pm. £5 per person.
A fun and interactive family workshop exploring the extraordinary, magical and bewitching world of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells). Meet the unusual characters, discover the magical story, learn some of the French and nonsense words you’ll encounter, and sing some of Ravel’s enchanting music in preparation for the full 45-minute opera. This workshop gives children and their families a chance to get to know the opera and enjoy it to its fullest. Suitable for ages 7+. Click here to book





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Book 2 double bills and get 20% off (L’enfant matinee performance not included)

Under 30s & Go Card Holders
Tickets £10

Tickets £10. Subject to availability, cannot be reserved in advance.

Groups 8+
20 % off the ticket price.

Retired Over 60s
10% off all tickets. Available Wednesday to Friday.

Under 18s & Registered Unwaged
50% off all tickets. Available Wednesday to Friday.

School Groups
50% off Balcony tickets for groups of 10+. One free teacher place per 20 pupils booked. Available Wednesday to Friday.

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50% off from 6pm on the day available to concession holders in person. Subject to availability.